Housecall for Health: Why a Tax on Unhealthy Foods May Be Worth Paying

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Housecall for Health: Why a Tax on Unhealthy Foods May Be Worth Paying

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Imagine charging a fee for every visit you make to a hospital. Say, $20 each time you see your doctor. Or, institute a 20 percent tax on all meals you consume at restaurants. Would that encourage more healthy choices? Well, you might be surprised at what others might actually be willing to pay for healthier foods.

FOX’s Michelle Pollino has more in this ‘Housecall for Health’:

Happy Tax Day! What might your tax dollars buy you for you next year?

A new study out of Harvard shows a tax on unhealthy foods could actually be a much better deal than the costs associated with health care. As the nation approaches its 1 billionth dollar paid for health care today, policy experts looked at how to change people’s health behaviors, and it turns out that a tax on unhealthy foods could actually be worth the high price tag.

As the researchers note, as eating healthy foods is most expensive, a tax could actually boost access to healthier foods for those on government assistance.

President Donald Trump has proposed Medicare and Medicaid changes that would use refundable tax credits to help pay for health insurance. But you don’t have to pay your tax bill right away. Many states and the federal government are experimenting with a way of paying your taxes, but saving the revenue over time and using it to pay for other health care initiatives.

Today on Housecall for Health, we talk to a group who believes that this works, including a mom from Washington state. She is willing to pay $50 a month in order to be able to afford healthcare for her kids.

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