Food Stamps

I am all for helping people out.   That is what it means to be human.  One way this country does this is through food stamps.   That being said, it may be too much of a good thing.  The Food Stamp program is now called, if you didn’t know,  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and enrollment in SNAP has surged 70% since 2008, reaching a record 47.8 million Americans in December. What this mens is that 15% of the country receives the benefits which is nearly double the rate as in 1975.   I will let the smarter people decide why this is program is exploding but it is really disturbing.  Want to hear some more disturbing news.   Monster Beverage has changed its labeling so that it can qualify for food stamp purchases!  To me, as a physician, this is the biggest issue.  We bend rules so crappy food is allowed to be purchased via a debit card on the SNAP program.  This leads to more obesity and more costs.   What may be the most vile part of this scam is that SNAP claims to have no statistical breakdown on the types of foods purchased!  Even though every item has an SKU number and every person on SNAP has a card number, this governmental behemoth pretends that it can’t calculate and give results of what people are buying!   Of course they have the info and they do not want the public to know because the amount of empty calories, like Monster drinks, would blow you away.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  7 comments for “Food Stamps

  1. Marlene Sell
    April 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    It would be nice if you gave a complimentary year subscription to each congressman and senator.

  2. April 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Oh you have hit a nerve here. Every time I am in the checkout behind someone using their Illinois LINK card for junk food I seethe inwardly. Especially if there are children in tow.

  3. John Parkin
    April 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Too bad they don’t pay the grocery stores 40% of charges like MA and Medicare do to us. John Parkin M.D.

    • Pat
      April 3, 2013 at 11:40 am


  4. Sarah
    March 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Gross abuse and corruption of the food stamp program SNAP have been going on for decades, long before the spike in 2008. One solution would be to follow the WIC supplemental food program. Which provides coupons for specific basic healthy food for families. specifically the WIC (women, infant children food program) provides free milk , eggs, peanut butter, cereals, and. Fresh produce ONLY, which facilitates healthy food and eating habits .
    Why hasn’t the U.S. chosen this easy solution, by converting SNAP to the WIC, who knows?

    • April 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      The answer to that question is simple and straightforward. SNAP is corporate welfare, not individual welfare. With $74.6 billion (2012 expenditure) to lose, the corporations will bring serious pressure to bear to make sure nothing changes and the public knows as little as possible about what is actually happening.

  5. Pat
    March 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Except in a post-disaster, short term sense, the federal collective has NO proper role in feeding anyone. Local areas should handle their own munchies, affording a far, far better degree of accountability. Too many times I’ve been behind an overfed dependent puying food with EBT, then smoke with “their” money.

    And for that matter, what’s the matter with bread lines, where approved staples are handed out freely? Is the answer preventing hunger, or protecting self-esteem? It may be humane to feed the hungry,but punishing some for the benefit of others is just the opposite.

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