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Bi-Partisan Support For Menu Change In O-Care

From The Hill:

Uproar over ObamaCare’s menu rules

By Ben Goad | February 18, 2014

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.

Well, since Obama is such a proponent of bipartisanship, he will surely oblige them. But, wait a minute. We thought Congress wrote the laws, like Obama-Care. Why does Congress have to beg him to do anything?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and “similar retail food establishments.” Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.

Oh, none of this is due to legislation. This is just another more than 110 new ‘regulations’ that have been piled on top of Obama-Care. (The number of words of regulations now total more than thirty times the number of words in the Obama-Care law itself.)

By the way, why should a law mandating health insurance coverage be dictating what restaurants and pizza places post on their menus?

But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress’ intent and would create painful new expenses for certain businesses, including delivery joints and eateries that specialize in made-to-order dishes.

“Specifically, the proposed rule limits the ability of businesses to determine for themselves how best to provide nutritional information to customers,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. “As a result, the proposal harms both those non-restaurants that were not intended to be captured by the menu labeling law as well as those restaurants that have flexibility and variability in the foods they offer.” …

What do these lawmakers know about their intentions? Obama and his minions will decide what their intentions were.

Pizza places and grocery stores in particular have complained about the draft standards, saying they would be all but impossible to maintain. For instance, there are 34 million different combinations of pizza toppings, according to an industry trade group. It’s impractical to require that they list calorie counts for all of the options, they say. ..

So what? The EPA is always issuing fuel requirements that are physically impossible to implement. It doesn’t faze them at all.

The lawmakers, led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), are pushing legislation that would limit the scope of the menu rule to businesses where food service is the primary source of revenue, allow delivery restaurants to post their nutritional information online and allow firms to choose between multiple approaches for labeling made-to-order items.

The bill, which also would limit penalties for labeling mistakes, has attracted more than 50 co-sponsors, and there is companion legislation in the Senate…

Why are these Congressmen writing to the head of the FDA and writing legislation to try to get this fixed? Why don’t they just get Sheila Jackson Lee to write up an executive order for Obama that fixes the problem?

They could call it the ‘Pizza Protection Act.’ We’re sure she’d go along with that.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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