Soda Warning Bill Passes Committee; Plan To Insure Undocumented Does Not

by David Gorn

The Senate Committee on Appropriations last week passed a bill that would require consumer warning labels on all sweetened beverages sold in California.

Another high-profile health bill seeking to provide health care coverage for the state's undocumented population was put on hold by the appropriations committee.

SB 1000 by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) would establish the Sugary Drink Safety Warning Act to place the following message on sweetened drinks containing 75 calories or more per 12-ounce serving:

"CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

The bill is designed to help address the diabetes epidemic in California, which is especially high among the state's Latino population and among children.

The committee's 5-2 vote sends the bill to a Senate floor vote sometime this week.

The news was not as good for SB 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), a bill to insure the undocumented in California that was billed as the "Health4All" plan.

A study released last week by University of California researchers concluded the plan would have high benefit to California and a relatively minor cost (roughly an additional 2% of the state's current spending on Medi-Cal).

"The effort to cover all Californians is delayed, but not defeated," said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, in a written statement. "With all of the progress California has made under the Affordable Care Act to expand coverage, the next crucial step is to include all Californians, regardless of immigration status."

Robert Forster
Like cigarettes in California, why don't we spend the tax payer's money on education of both child and parent and not create just another law that will be ignored by both parties. We all are aware of the serious nature of our progressively violent society with hundreds of more laws on the books for the police to ignore both from lack of resources and the silliness of the legislation. But alas, we are only dumb plebs begging for the government to show us the way to common sense. Why not ask our representatives during their tenure (usually 8-12 years is not uncommon--life tenure in California is common--tell me ONE HIGH priority that Barb. Boxer has truly authored?---NONE in 20 years. Tenure chair of committees--no original ideas. But merit and performance has nothing to do with being elected. What you tell the plebs--lies or not--is what counts with the uninformed masses. How about reviewing the laws on the books and eliminating those no longer relevant or selectively unenforced?

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