One of the themes we've been sounding around here is that as government takes a bigger role in health care it also is going to start intervening in areas, like salt, obesity, or smoking, that were once the province of individual free choice. Before you know it, the federal government is going to start redesigning hot dogs. Seriously, from Yahoo! News: "The leading group of pediatricians in the United States is pushing for a redesign of common foods such as hot dogs and candies, along with new warning labels placed on food packaging, to help curb sometimes fatal incidents of child choking." The article quotes Dr. Gary Smith, immediate-past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, as saying, "We have a number of laws and regulations that help prevent choking due to toys. There are no such similar regulations for food." The Food and Drug Administration is on the case. Maybe it'd be easier to just redesign the childrens' windpipes and leave the hot dogs alone.