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Justin says ...
<p>Whole foods will never get another dime of my money, ever again. Enjoy your Wealth, and power John Makey, I have joined the Nation wide boycott agains Whole foods.</p>
08/14/2009 9:40:00 PM CDT
John says ...
<p>I am boycotting Whole Foods. This is outrageous. The United States of America has the most inefficient health care system in the modern world and opposing reform will hurt millions of uninsured Americans.</p> <p>The truth is that Medicare, which is 'government run' health care, only has %4 overhead costs while private insurance has 20%. The fact that America is drowning in debt is EXACTLY WHY we need to pass Obama's health care reform now in order to make our system more efficient and save money over the long run.</p> <p>John Mackey should apologize for this article.</p>
08/14/2009 9:41:00 PM CDT
Gary Howard says ...
<p>My wife and I have never been big fans of Whole Foods: too expensive for our tastes. But we are making a change. You stood up and said what needed to be said. Let all the socialists who are going to boycott your stores go. People like us will more than make up for their loss. Well done. Thank you from two people who need people like you to stand up for free enterprise. By the way, I posted a video about the people in Congress behind health care reform. It scares me every time I watch it. <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20101020182743/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBZiDhlaCdc" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBZiDhlaCdc</a></p>
08/14/2009 9:42:00 PM CDT
deeanna manning says ...
<p>dear mr. mackey,</p> <p>i agree whole-heartedly that americans should be responsible for their own health and well-being. our society definitely has a lazy attitude when it comes to change, and they have no accountability when it comes to diet because they know they can just get a pill or a doctor visit to fix their problems. but the way things are right now, unless one lives in a place where they can grow their own food, healthy food really is only accessible to those who have the money to buy it. i've struggled with this for many years while being on a strict budget. i want to teach my 4 children to take good care of their bodies and not put things in them such as artificial dyes and preservatives. but let's face it'¦the junky fake food at the grocery store is much cheaper than the healthy food that you sell in your stores. because i care more about what my kids eat than being in debt, i choose to shop at your stores and others like them. but not everyone with a strict grocery budget would make the same choice. therefore, what would you suggest as a solution? how do we make healthy food accessible to those that are poor? how do we educate those who don't know how to choose the 'good' foods when they go shopping? if we are to expect americans to be responsible for their own health and change the need for high health care costs, how do we make sure that it's not just the wealthy americans making these changes?</p>
08/14/2009 9:43:00 PM CDT
johanna says ...
<p>Of course you have every right to state your opinion on this important public policy.</p> <p>And I have every right to take this into consideration when I choose where to shop. It will not longer be Whole Foods.</p>
08/14/2009 9:45:00 PM CDT
Jan Makemson says ...
<p>Thank you! Yes! Yes! And yes!</p>
08/14/2009 9:45:00 PM CDT
Fred Mendi says ...
<p>Find the United States just below Costa Rica and above Cuba'¦</p> <p>The World Health Organization's ranking<br> of the world's health systems.<br> Source: WHO World Health Report ' See also Spreadsheet Details (731kb)</p> <p>The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems was last produced in 2000, and the WHO no longer produces such a ranking table, because of the complexity of the task.</p> <p>See also: Healthy Life Expectancy By Country<br> See also: Health Performance Rank By Country<br> See also: Total Health Expenditure as % of GDP (2000-2005)<br> See also: Main Country Ranks Page</p> <p> Rank CountryView this list in alphabetic order View this list in alphabetic order View this list in alphabetic order</p> <p> 1 France<br> 2 Italy<br> 3 San Marino<br> 4 Andorra<br> 5 Malta<br> 6 Singapore<br> 7 Spain<br> 8 Oman<br> 9 Austria<br> 10 Japan<br> 11 Norway<br> 12 Portugal<br> 13 Monaco<br> 14 Greece<br> 15 Iceland<br> 16 Luxembourg<br> 17 Netherlands<br> 18 United Kingdom<br> 19 Ireland<br> 20 Switzerland<br> 21 Belgium<br> 22 Colombia<br> 23 Sweden<br> 24 Cyprus<br> 25 Germany<br> 26 Saudi Arabia<br> 27 United Arab Emirates<br> 28 Israel<br> 29 Morocco<br> 30 Canada<br> 31 Finland<br> 32 Australia<br> 33 Chile<br> 34 Denmark<br> 35 Dominica<br> 36 Costa Rica<br> 37 United States of America<br> 38 Slovenia<br> 39 Cuba<br> 40 Brunei<br> 41 New Zealand<br> 42 Bahrain<br> 43 Croatia<br> 44 Qatar<br> 45 Kuwait<br> 46 Barbados<br> 47 Thailand<br> 48 Czech Republic<br> 49 Malaysia<br> 50 Poland<br> 51 Dominican Republic<br> 52 Tunisia<br> 53 Jamaica<br> 54 Venezuela<br> 55 Albania<br> 56 Seychelles<br> 57 Paraguay<br> 58 South Korea<br> 59 Senegal<br> 60 Philippines<br> 61 Mexico<br> 62 Slovakia<br> 63 Egypt<br> 64 Kazakhstan<br> 65 Uruguay<br> 66 Hungary<br> 67 Trinidad and Tobago<br> 68 Saint Lucia<br> 69 Belize<br> 70 Turkey<br> 71 Nicaragua<br> 72 Belarus<br> 73 Lithuania<br> 74 Saint Vincent</p>
08/14/2009 9:49:00 PM CDT
Ken F. says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>I've never shopped at one of your stores in my life (49 years old) but you just got one more new customer based on your article. Well done! I will be going this weekend for the first time.</p> <p>Thank you for bravely sharing your opinion.</p>
08/14/2009 9:50:00 PM CDT
John S. Kutscher says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>You timing is a bit plucky and it sure helps the debate. This is a month that matters in the health care debate. Bravo!</p> <p>John S. Kutscher<br> Seattle Washington 98109</p> <p>P.S. I will try Whole Foods for the first time.</p>
08/14/2009 9:50:00 PM CDT
Fred Mendi says ...
<p>Do you think or 37th ranking in World Health is the greatest system?</p>
08/14/2009 9:50:00 PM CDT
karen mcmanus says ...
<p>Sadly, Mr. Mackey, your comments are classic 'CEO-esque'. I expected more from Whole Foods. Though there are some points that i agree are worth considering in any health care reform legislation, the overall tone of your comments missed the boat entirely. Interesting that you had many suggestions that would increase potential liabilities/risks for individuals but nothing for big business, record-profit-making insurance companies!! And tort reform?? That sounds great (for big businesses and physicians) but what about the loved one killed or maimed because of malpractice? Any guess on how much it costs to care for an individual suffering permanent mental and physical injuries at childbirth due to a physician's gross negligence and incompetence? And no government rules about what must be in health care policies?? Are you serious? We are just beginning to have mental health parity and you want to take a step back into the dark ages? Sadly, without government mandates, we would have no seat belts, no motorcycle helmets, no safety in our foods, no food labeling, no safety with toys and cribs, etc, etc. Oh'and we would most likely still have 'separate but equal' education. In a country as wonderful as ours, every person should have health care 'not just you and me. Perhaps if the insurance companies had some healthy competition, their record profits would decrease just a tad and health care for all would become a reality.</p>
08/14/2009 9:52:00 PM CDT
Michele says ...
<p>I see on your sight an icon about values and 'creating profit and growth' is one of them. I actually own a few shares of the company. While I actually believe it is an excellent mission statement, I don't think it reflects 'values'. Unfortunately, I now believe you support the profits of insurance companies over the good health of your customers and others. The health care industry is an unsubstainable mess. And your article is clearly not in line with what must be a majority of your customers (I WAS one).</p>
08/14/2009 9:53:00 PM CDT
Paul O. says ...
<p>We shall be moving on.</p>
08/14/2009 9:53:00 PM CDT
Marie Crosson says ...
<p>Bravo, Mr. Mackey, on contributing such a well-reasoned opinion on this very big and complicated issue. You just got yourself a new customer'¦</p>
08/14/2009 9:54:00 PM CDT
Vgirl1 says ...
<p>This is to advise I will not shop at and will encourage all my friends not to shop at Whole Foods any longer as a result of Whole Foods' corporate campaign to defeat healthcare insurance reform.</p>
08/14/2009 9:54:00 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
<p>I'm all for and indeed, follow, a 'healthy living' lifestyle. Avoiding high fructose corn syrup, hyrdrogenated vegetable oils, eating a 'clean' diet full of lean protein choices, colorful vegetables, etc. I exercise, meditate, take supplements. And while I feel fortified and somewhat protected by doing this,but an important point to consider is that not everyone can afford fresh fruit, vegetable, fish oil supplements. Stagnating wages, unemployment contribute to shrinking food budgets. Taking responsibility for one's health is dependent on having work and an income too. I also know that if my appendix should happen to rupture, I will need immediate and skilled medical care. Depending on the insurance that my employer chooses to offer me'emphasis on employer's choice here'I may have a high deductible policy and still be left with several hundred dollars worth of unpaid medical bills. I am certainly willing to pay my 'fair share' but how can I even know this when what is 'reasonable and customary' differs depending on what kind of insurance policy I have, what the insurance co has negotiated with the hospital, doctors, etc. I'm much more willing to trash the whole broken health care delivery system we have now and start fresh. I'd much rather pay into a new system by way of a 4% income tax increase and know that I paid up front for an array of guaranteed services (with a set price!) And by the way, those health savings plans are only good if you have earn enough money to have it withdrawn in the first place. I used the employer supplied work sheet to figure our so-called savings from using one of these plans, and it was by far more inconvenient and costly for us upfront. The tax savings were minimal and not much of an incentive. If the CBO would score H.R. 676, it would show the savings to business and the individual and city and county governments. </p> <p>Personally, I do not want any kind of mandated insurance (like the disastrous Massachusetts plan). Government as health insurer with 'premiums' in the form of a modest tax increase and an increased risk pool that would offer all Americans access to basic preventative and catastrophic medical care is the only way to go. How we get there, either incrementally, or all at once with a true 'overhaul' doesn't matter, as long as we get there.</p>
08/14/2009 9:54:00 PM CDT
Paul G says ...
<p>Well Said! Finally A CEO who is a leader! Keep up the great work! I for one will be sure to shop at Whole Foods!</p>
08/14/2009 9:55:00 PM CDT
robin says ...
<p>I purchased my groceries at Whole Foods since it opened its Franklin Street store in San Francisco. I write to let the Board of Directors know that my most recent purchase is my last. John Mackey placed Whole Foods into this political debate by engaging in commentary in his capacity as CEO (as opposed to his personal capacity). By stating not only his name, but that he is the CEO of Whole Foods in the byline, Mr. Mackey no doubt intended to give his opinion more weight. As a consequence, it was no longer just the short-sited opinion of one man that the Wall Street Journal touted, but the opinion of what (until now) many considered to be one of the most progressive and forward-thinking companies in the nation. Only by acting with our wallets can the American people express our displeasure with Mr. Mackey's use of fiscal scare tactics to advance the notion that this great nation cannot provide universal health care to its citizens. Telling parents whose children suffer from diseases for which they desperately need medical treatment that they do not need universal health care because eating more fruit and vegetables will cure all their problems is not just simplistic but reprehensible. Just because, as of today, the lobby for the health insurance companies assured that all citizens do not have an intrinsic right to health care, does not mean that this is the way it should be.</p>
08/14/2009 9:58:00 PM CDT
Mandi L says ...
<p>Common sense isn't so common any more. But thank you for demonstrating some! </p> <p>Even though the nearest Whole Foods is 30 minutes away, I'll be sure to shop your store more often. Thank you for an excellent commentary.</p>
08/14/2009 9:58:00 PM CDT
lynn r says ...
<p>Easy for a rich guy like you to tell everyone we all must take care of ourselves. I can't stand you and I will never shop at your store again. I spend probably 250-300 dollers per week at your store and it's over. the crap message you put out about health and goodness is just that. I'm stunned you wrote that. At a time when we need socialized medicine you come out with a right wing stance in a left wing industry. I know the people who work for you. I will inform them why I won't be back; they're good,you're bad. and will spread the article you wrote near and far.<br> a pox on your house</p> <p>Lynn R</p>
08/14/2009 9:58:00 PM CDT
Marjorie Bryant says ...
<p>Are you kidding me ? For years I've traveled over an hour to shop at Whole Foods in Winston Salem, NC.<br> NO MORE !!!! </p> <p>NEVER AGAIN will I shop in your store.</p> <p> Marjorie Bryant</p>
08/14/2009 9:59:00 PM CDT
tom says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey:</p> <p>I am not going to be shopping at Whole Foods any time soon. You are entitled to your opinion about health care reform'¦ but I do believe that even if proper health care for all Americans is not written into the constitution, it is something which the government ought to do its best to provide. If Whole Foods is against a Medicare type system for all Americans, I will shop elsewhere. If Whole Foods were neutral on the subject, I would probably still shop at your stores. But you seem to have decided to inject yourself into this debate and put the influence of the company you run, its shareholders, board of directors and even its customers behind your personal beliefs. </p> <p>Sincerely,<br> Tom Benedek</p> <p>'Many promoters of health care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care-to universal and equal access to doctors, medicines, and hospitals. While all of us can empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have any more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have an intrinsic right to food, clothing, owning their own homes, a car or a personal computer? Health care is a service which we all need at some point in our lives, but just like food, clothing, and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually-beneficial market exchanges rather than through government mandates. A careful reading of both The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter, because there isn't any. This 'right' has never existed in America.'</p>
08/14/2009 10:00:00 PM CDT
Matt Steinmann says ...
<p>I will never shop at WFM again. Your views are elitist and condescending. Moreover, they do not show any kind of compassion.</p> <p>Eating a diet of WFM would involve cheese, pizza and deli items that are full of fat. You have no idea what you even sell, unless of course you truly believe you sell junk as you were recently quoted.</p> <p>I'll return to my farmer's market and local conv. shop. You're out of touch.</p>
08/14/2009 10:00:00 PM CDT
Kamylle Parker says ...
<p>You know, I am absolutely amazed at how you can mention 'Governmental takeover', when that is what the private sector has done; taken over. I watched a clip of a woman on Youtube discuss how BCBS cancelled her insurance the day before she was to have a double mastectomy due to agressive cancer. Who was it that took over her life? It wasn't the government. It was 'free enterprise'. People like yourself think only of yourselves. You don't care about regular, average, working Americans. You post this 'Proposal' as if the 'little man' has a chance to live by it. Multiple Sclerosis can happen to anyone. To hear a one of your supporters say, 'people should eat healthy and take better care of themselves' reflects ignorance. I am saddened by your stance. I have fallen in love with Whole Foods and I have believed the company to be natural and whole to its core. However, you have proven otherwise. It would have been best for you to say nothing at all and leave your personal views at home. You head a corporation that encourages people to live their best life. I think it is irresponsible of you as a Fortune 500 company CEO to share what is, obviously, a biased and partisan view. If the government starts talking about feeding us beans with poison, I expect to hear your voice. However, let the politicians do what they do best, lie to us and take our money'¦'¦'¦or should we now include you in that bunch? I am disappointed in your narrow view and I question your TRUE company philosophy. I don't know how or if you can resolve this. But, I sure hope you 'venting' was worth it. I can't say whether or not I will stop shopping with your company, because regardless of what comes out of your heart, there are many of you hard working employees who believe in your philosophy. What you need to do, is start going into middle and lower America and see the REAL pain and need of citizens with no healthcare. Maybe you will stop quoting Margaret Thatcher.</p>
08/14/2009 10:01:00 PM CDT
David says ...
<p>Dear John,</p> <p>For Every Socialist Tree Hugging Liberal customer you lose, you have gained a thousand true 'American' customers! </p> <p>Thank you for your brave comments and opinions about this assult on our constitution! </p> <p>David Stob</p>
08/14/2009 10:03:00 PM CDT

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