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Junk food tax is the gateway

Talk about indigestion. Dori's burning up inside over talk Thursday from a former Obama administration official of his idea to regulate and tax junk food.

Dori coughed up his Cheerios when Larry Summers, former chair of the White House National Economic Council, touted the idea in an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

"I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it's a big contributor to health costs," he said.

There are no formal White House proposals as of yet. But if you believe Summers, it's just a matter of time.

"I think at some point you're going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that are going to be directed at helping people be healthier. That's just going to happen and I think it's probably a good thing when it does."

"If a sin tax gets us to stop smoking and drinking, and a food tax gets us to stop eating, then guess what an income tax does?" Dori says. Talk about a gateway.

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