‘It’s no surprise, not everyone makes healthy choices when shopping at the supermarket. But one Vermont lawmaker says some people are using food stamps to fund their unhealthy habits.
“You can purchase just about anything with the exception of beer, and other alcoholic beverages with food stamps,” Rep. Oliver Olsen (R-Jamaica) said.’ – Fox 44 News
I am usually opposed to the government regulating people’s behavior, but Rep. Olsen makes a good case for his proposal:
Olsen says he doesn’t care what people purchase with their own money, but says tax payer dollars should not be used on unhealthy food items, which in turn will raise healthcare costs for the state of Vermont.
“If you want to purchase a candy bar or a can of soda, you can pull money out of your own pocket to make that purchase,” Olsen said.
He has a point about taxpayers not subsidizing unhealthy behaviors.