The 'Ruinous Sport', Round 2
The ruinous sport Freese refers to is suing corporations for money to cover the expenses of individuals who act irresponsible. Round 1 were the tobacco suits, and round 2 are the suits against food chains and manufactures.
With Medicare paying for the treatment of obesity, it sets the stage for states suing the food companies. Only this time, there are a lot more companies and there is a lot more money available.
If you are fat, then that means the sum of all the meals you have ever eaten have made you fat. Which means every single food company has contributed to you fattiness, even if it is a company like dole (who does not specialize in the cooked meat area).
So for a state to recoup the money, they would have to sue every company that anyone in their state had ever eaten. Though they want do that because they can't manage a lawsuit that big. They will sue a few major companies.
Which a lot more people work for these companies than work for the tobacco companies. Hurting these companies has the ability to hurt a lot of people , which will in turn affect the consumer spending, which will hurt the economy.