Taxes and subsidies to improve diet–reply.
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In Reply Mr Wegman raises concerns about potential regressivity—increasing tax burdens and health declines in low-income groups, compounded by low availability of healthful choices—from our tax-subsidy proposal. We recognize that any nutrition-related policy change must not impose additional financial burden on people who can least afford it. Yet the current food environment is detrimental to the health of low-income groups, and transitional costs could be addressed by adjusting other payments to low-income households.