Mike Bloomberg, Health Cop: New Yorkers Hate Big-Gulp Ban, Baby Formula Hide-And-Seek


Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s nanny-state has taken a turn for the absurd with his plans to limit how much soda New Yorkers are allowed to drink and to hide baby formula from new mothers — and voters seem to think it’s just as ridiculous as we do.

A new poll shows that the vast majority of New York voters disagree with Bloomberg’s “Big-Gulp” ban, and even fewer support his plan to “encourage” new mothers to breast feed by hiding baby formula at City hospitals.

According to the poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, Bloomberg’s baby-formula bullying has the support of 24 percent of voters. That’s compared to 56 percent who oppose the plan.

As for the soda ban, Bloomberg’s bossiness continues to lose support.

The poll shows that 54 percent of voters oppose Bloomberg’s soda bullying, while 42 percent support it. That’s compared to a June poll that showed the mayor was losing his war on soda 51-46 percent.

If you’re not familiar with the mayor’s plan for your boobies, here’s the gist: Starting September 3, the city will encourage hospitals to hide baby formula behind locked doors in an effort to encourage (trick) new mothers into breast feeding.

Under the city Health Department’s “Latch On NYC” initiative, 27 of New York’s 40 hospitals also will agree to get rid of promotional nicknacks — like bags, mugs and other items the baby industry gives the mothers of newborns — that display the logos of baby formula companies.

Additionally, hospitals that participate in the mayor’s breast bullying will be forced to document the medical reason for every bottle of formula a baby receives.

New mothers won’t be denied formula, but they’ll have to specifically ask for it. Should they ask for it, the mother will be required to receive a stern talking-to from hospital staff about how much better breast-feeding is than giving a baby formula.

The move is the latest in Bloomberg’s over-reaching health initiative (read: insulting attempts to protect you from yourself).

In recent months, the mayor has banned food donations to homeless shelters because the city is unable to monitor the sodium content of the donated food.

He also proposed a ban on sugary drinks like soda being served in containers larger than 16 ounces. It also seems as though the mayor’s health cops have booze in their sights, but no modern-day prohibition has been implemented…yet.

Note: while the vast majority of New York voters seem to think the mayor’s playing health cop is bullshit, it doesn’t matter to Hizzoner; he’s in his final term as mayor, and can essentially do whatever he wants without fear of getting voted out of office — which is terrifying.   

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 16, 2012

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