The bill, introduced this week by the long-serving Iowa Democrat, is the latest in a growing line of big-government measures in obesity battle costing American taxpayers—morbidly obese and skinny alike—billions of dollars.
Just how much taxpayer cash the HeLP America Act helps itself to isn’t clear. The bill must first be reported to committee before the Congressional Budget Office breaks down the costs. But based on the ambitious scope of the legislation’s public health and prevention initiatives, taking aim at obesity and sundry bad personal choices that led to it, HeLP America’s fiscal demands could top the budget scales.
Also not clear is how much states would be on the hook for the array of federal government requirements, or how such an ambitious program would be funded in a time of $16 trillion-plus national debt.