"I don’t think that it’s the primary responsibility of the federal government to tell you what to eat."Thompson: Don't Let The Government Tell You What To Eat
CNN paraphrased him as dismissing the idea that preventative care and wellness education should be central features of a government's health care system, e.g. "... whether you're talking about education, there's some things the federal government can't do."
The comments beneath the CNN article reveal just how divisive statements like his can be.
I would like to see Medicare and other government-sponsored health insurance programs cover at least some of the cost of gym memberships, dietitian consultations, diabetes education classes, stop-smoking programs, etc. I would like to see schools incorporate nutrition education. I think these actions have the potential to reduce healthcare costs. So I guess I disagree with Mr. Thompson.