Health Care Speech at Wendy's HQ?

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

February 15, 2006

Does anyone else think President Bush picked a strange venue for a health care speech? Was the lobby of Philip Morris unavailable?

Real leadership on holding down health-care costs would mean advocating policies to help Americans prevent health problems. The kind of food served up at Wendy's and other fast-food chains--fatty meats, fatty cheese, trans-fat-laden frying oil, sugary drinks, and salty everything--contributes to obesity, heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Americans spend about $40 billion a year just on drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Unfortunately, the Bush administration is not willing to invest political capital or money in programs to improve diets or reduce cigarette smoking or alcohol problems.


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