Human Eventsby Deroy Murdock
San Franciso -- H.R. 3692, the monstrous healthcare reform bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D â€“ Calif.) unleashed on October 30, comprises 1,990 pages of dense, nearly impenetrable prose. This legislation is precisely 10 sheets shy of four reams of paper. Just 10 pages after completing its third full ream, this bill reveals on page 1,510 yet another reason to reject ObamaCare: an unfunded federal mandate for nutrition labeling at chain restaurants and even on vending machines.
In language that would stir only a House committee chairmanâ€™s heart, this billâ€™s Section 2572 begins: â€œTECHNICAL AMENDMENTS. â€” Section 403(q)(5)(A) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343(q)(5)(A)) is amended â€” (1) in subclause (i), by inserting â€˜Except as provided in clause (H)(ii)(III),â€™ after â€˜(i)â€™ ; and (2) in subclause (ii), by inserting â€˜except as provided in clause (H)(ii)(III),â€™ after â€˜(ii)â€™â€.
Any American still conscious after that passage would discover that H.R. 3692 requires food chains with 20 or more outlets to display â€œin a clear and conspicuous mannerâ€¦a nutrient content disclosure statement.â€ It must include caloric information on each standard food item, beside its spot on the menu. Diners also are entitled to â€œa succinct statement concerning suggested daily caloric intake, as specified by the [Health] Secretary by regulation and posted prominentlyâ€¦â€