Here's a strange political twist. Liberals and especially progressives tend to support the soda tax—but not Bernie Sanders who called it "a regressive grocery tax that would disproportionately affect low-income and middle-class Americans."
In the spirit of "follow the money," this Vox image shows where funding is coming from both sides of the soda tax campaign. Unsurprisingly, Big Soda is the source behind much of the anti-tax media spends. Many say it's bad information that you can't trust.
The city of Berkeley created a soda tax in 2014 and researchers say it has indeed cut down consumption of soda, in some places by as much as 20 percent. Just look at what taxes on cigarettes have done to curb the number of smokers. Imagine how many lives could have been saved if that tax had been implemented earlier. Obesity and Type-2 diabetes can be life-threatening.
The tax will be felt disproportionately by the poor.
The tax will impact small businesses.
People may ditch soda, but they could pick up even worse drinks. Studies suggest milk will be consumed more which could increase overall caloric intake. A 2012 study suggests beer consumption could increase.
The government shouldn't be able to tip the scales on what people drink.