Either we revamp the whole food stamp system so that only 100% healthy purchases can be made, or we let the poor people have their soda. Soda is a very arbitrary line to draw. Is it the caffeine? The sugar? The carbonation? What about caffeine free, sugar free soda? What about sparkling San Pellegrino water flavored with fruit juice? What about the fact that apple juice from concentrate is just as processed and has even more sugar (and arsenic)?
This. Initially against allowing the purchase of soda, but unless the entire system is redone, as it should be, then randomly banning certain things is a waste of effort that should be spent on other things.