From what I can see, you all have far less freedom to make healthcare choices down there with your private insurance system than we do up here with our public one. Nobody is making me weigh in or take a course at work to retain my coverage, and I'm not going to lose my ability to access coverage if I'm a cancer survivor.
Additionally, the GST is a federal tax, while healthcare is a provincial jurisdiction.
If Denmark is giving into such bullcrap, it doesn't bode well for other countries.
I would have hoped that Denmark was paying attention to the research etc. coming out of Sweden that a diet high in saturated fat does not increase health risks.
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We actually do have a sugar tax though, which makes soda and chocolate more expensive than other foods. One of the big grocery store chains here is also lobbying for removing tax on fruits and vegetables. It's not in law yet, but that particular chain supposedly reduce their prices on fruits and vegetables as if they were tax free.
Another thing they started doing (and that the other chains soon followed) was to reduce prices on "healthy" foods--marked so by an official entity with a specific logo. This is all good, but the labelling is a bit off, as a chicken filet has the logo but a beef steak doesn't. Apparently there are criteria for max fat and salt content to get the logo, but still, most steak cuts should pass those.
I'm suspecting maybe it's because red meat is not considered healthy, or because the producers would lose too much money by having reduced prices on beef. As I understand it, the logo and certification is optional and thus controlled by the brand owner, meaning they can chose not to have the logo on a product that does fit the criteria.
Also, the food doesn't have to be healthy to be labeled, only more healthy than alternatives in the same product group, so there are already "healthy" frozen pizzas out there, with the official logo on the box...
Norak's Primal Journal:
2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"