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Obamacare's Calorie Rules Reduce Competition, Not Weight

Obamacare's Calorie Rules Reduce Competition, Not Weight

By Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:28 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s almost enough to drive a man to drink. Or if he’s already drinking, drink more.

Obamacare’s busy regulators have decided that it’s crucially important for Uncle Sam to force breweries to post calorie information on restaurant menus.

Even a cursory glance at most beer drinker’s waistline would show even a government bureaucrat that calorie counts aren’t high as choice criteria for selecting a cold one.

In some areas of the south beer bellies are so large their owners give them nicknames. 

Forcing a man like that to become calorie-conscious could result in the loss of a friend. But that doesn’t matter to heartless, busybody bureaucrats on a brewing mission.

In the very near future drinkers can peruse alcohol content, International Bitterness Units (this does not refer to wives) and calorie count as they decide whether to enjoy that seasonal brew with hints of malt, walnuts, carefree days in the park, chocolate, and old inner tubes.

Naturally this new government interference will harm consumers in the end and only serve to concentrate brewing power in current suds manufacturers.

Like the passage of Dodd-Frank made credit harder to get for the Democrats favorite “working man and woman” and killed off local banks, resulting in the consolidation of bigger banks — the new Obamacare nannyism will make life much harder for craft breweries and reduce the variety of beer served in restaurants.

This will make life easier for the Budweiser Clydesdales but really hamper the Flying Dogs.

Next year, according to Watchdog.org, “restaurant chains with more than 20 locations nationwide will be subject to new rules requiring calorie information on all menus.”

Even drinkers too cheap to buy beer with dinner will be affected. “The new regulations also will apply to grocery and convenience stores, bowling alleys, movie theaters and sports venues — severely curtailing where some beers are sold.”

Brewbound estimates that the testing process could cost a craft brewer up to $1,000 per beer variety.

That’s peanuts to Anheuser–Busch, but it’s a big deal for Three Knuckleheads Brewing that’s trying to keep its head above red ink.

Instead of going to the expense of getting a calorie count, innovative craft brewers may decide to limit sales to local restaurants under the 20–location minimum. Restricting distribution and the potential for future growth.

The rule is no easier for restaurants. For chains the labeling no one is demanding will cost, according to the Cato Institute, between $49,000 and $77,000 per location.

To put it in terms job–creation–is–my–first–priority Democrats can understand, a restaurant could hire three new employees for what it costs to put data no one will read on an already crowded menu.

More expense, fewer jobs and reduced competition; it’s just another day at the office for Obama administration red tape workers.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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Obamacare regulators have decided to force breweries to post calorie information on menus. New government interference will harm consumers and concentrate brewing power. More expense, fewer jobs, reduced competition. It’s just another day for the Obama administration.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:28 AM
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