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Opinion: 'Nanny states' can cut healthcare costs

Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 22, 2013

Several years ago, when Mayor Bloomberg was able to eliminate smoking and trans fats in restaurants, there was an outcry that New York City was becoming a "nanny state." Today, most cities in the country are "nanny states" as it relates to smoking and trans fats. When Bloomberg attempted to ban the sale of 20-ounce sugared drinks in NYC, the outcry was enormous. Today, schools and hospitals across the country have totally eliminated sugared drinks from their premises. Mandatory seat belt use, auto insurance and motorcycle helmets met with the same "nanny" resistance, yet today these laws are part of the fabric of our society.