Part of the problem — addressed recently by the
Now comes word that people using the federal
According to a study by Yale researchers published in the October Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than half the drinks bought by SNAP participants are sugary beverages. This comes on the heels of a 2010 study in the American Journal of Public Health showing that SNAP participants buy at least 40 percent more sweetened beverages than other Americans.
Buying so many drinks with so much sugar — and in most cases, so many empty calories — isn't good for anyone. And because the health care of the vast majority of SNAP participants is paid for by the public, government agencies find themselves both paying for these junk drinks and paying to fix the health issues they cause. It's a self-defeating setup.
There's ample precedent for a ban. Federal authorities have never given food stamp recipients the green light to buy whatever they choose. Alcohol, tobacco, pet food and a few other items are already ineligible. And a few years ago, Connecticut lawmakers passed a bill — later vetoed by then-Gov.