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.

 

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