The Affordable Care Act, or H.R. 3590; is a 950 page bill that
presumably, no lawmaker has read in it's entirely. Furthermore, most
good reporters, and journalists likely haven't read this novel of
regulation that squanders freedom of choice. We do know though, that
premiums have already nearly doubled, and for those who have used Tax
Software such as Turbo Tax in 2014, have already been warned of next
years penalties for "opting out". One of the least spoken about aspects
of Obamacare though, is a section I myself have only recently read --
which is one that really redefines the meaning of State-run.
Section 4205 requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list
calorie-content information for each menu item on a board at every
establishment. This high cost government intervention into small/medium
sized businesses in no way helps consumers, or the businesses of America
themselves. In fact, this red measure is going to cause price increases
for something as small as a slice of pizza, which will continue to hurt
our starving economy.
According to the Food Marketing Institute, which represents retail
grocery chains, the current proposed menu-labeling regulation would cost
the industry $1 billion in the first year of implementation with “no
additional, quantifiable benefit to supermarket customers, according to the Food and Drug Administration's analysis.” This represents a significant burden for an industry that operates on a profit margin that averages 1 percent.
Now one of the things that this section does do, is give us intent. The
laws that are passed in the United States can only be understood when
you understand the so-called 'intent of the lawmaker'. The intent of
this section, is to have a more clear-cut calorie counter (so-to-speak),
which would help consumers decide better if they want food product x.
With all good intentions come the trade off in terms of value in regards
to national regulation. As you have seen, the value of this section in
the overall scheme is actually a negative.
With the age of the internet having been here for some time, millions of
Apps provided by Apple and Android, and easy to use search engines; you
would think consumers would rather combat the coming rising prices in
their favorite restaurant chains and pizza parlors,
Of course, it was not the decision of the average consumer on whether this section would be added or not.