I understand, way too long a post title, but I needed to get the point across quickly, so that it was not “buried” from NY Times scrutiny. Here is what The Times wrote yesterday (emphasis mine):
Buried deep in the health care legislation that President Obama signed on Tuesday is a new requirement that will affect any American who walks into a McDonald’s, Starbucks or Burger King. Every big restaurant chain in the nation will now be required to put calorie information on their menus and drive-through signs….
The legislation also requires labels on food items in vending machines, meaning that anybody tempted by a king-size Snickers bar will know up front that it packs 440 calories.
Oh yeah, it was buried really, really deep. Here is part of my post from August 23, 2009, regarding the Senate HELP Committee bill (which became the basis for the final Senate bill), Leave Our Vending Machines Alone:
A good example of how far off course Democrats in Congress have strayed on the issue of health care reform, are provisions in the Senate HELP Committee draft bill creating rules and regulations governing food disclosures at fast food restaurants and in vending machines.
Titled the Affordable Health Choices Act, the Senate draft bill amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to require food nutritional disclosures at fast food restaurants, similar to the disclosures currently required on packaged food. Under section 325 of the Senate bill (starting at p. 399), any fast food chain with 20 locations and a standardized menu would have to display “in a clear and conspicuous manner” nutrition and calorie information….
But what about drive through windows? The information must be displayed on the drive through menu board. Salad bars and buffets? The information must be placed next to each item….
But wait, surely the vending machines of the world are safe from signage. Nope, owners of 20 or more vending machines will have to post signage with the nutritional and caloric content of every item in the vending machine
Welcome to our modern investigative mainstream media, uncovering deep secrets which were exposed long ago in the blogosphere.
Now had there been provisions in the Senate bill regarding wiretapping of al–Qaeda operatives preparing to attack us, somehow I think The Times would have uncovered that secret long ago.
The people at The NY Times need to read my blog more often, or hire me to blog for them so I can call their attention to the obvious before it happens.