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February 7, 2013 - 6:52 am

Finding out what’s in it v 1,467, or “Not this crap again.”

ObamaCare was sold as a health insurance reducer. Instead, in a few years many Americans will see their health insurance costs rise to $20,000 per year. Some premiums will rise by as much as 85%.

ObamaCare was sold as being good for your bottom line. Instead, it may drive the price of pizza through the roof.

And now, it may also force price hikes at your local supermarket.

The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items. Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, said testing foods for nutritional data will require either expensive software or even more costly off-site laboratory assessments.

Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: ”If you get it wrong, it’s a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.”

Supermarket managers could go to jail if they accidentally mislabel a rotisserie chicken or a salad or a sandwich.

The regulation stems from an ObamaCare mandate on posting food nutrition information. It wasn’t part of the public debate on the law, mainly because the FDA extended the rule to include supermarket food after the law was passed. The FDA thinks it’s a supercongress, able to conjure laws and impose them with little comment from the American public and no regard for the economic impact. What input it does get from the public, it ignores. The FDA is supposed to show how this rule benefits Americans, but it couldn’t, yet is proceeding ahead with it anyway. Because it can.

An Executive Order issued by President Obama in 2011 says agencies are supposed to calculate a cost-benefit analysis for each new regulation and attempt to use the least burdensome regulatory methods possible. Critics of the FDA’s food labeling proposal say the agency didn’t comply.

“They are required to do it, and they didn’t,” Lieberman said. “They simply said, ‘We can’t quantify a benefit from this rule,’ and that’s because they really can’t.”

The American citizen’s relationship to the ObamaCare law has become an abusive one.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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