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Christopher Santos says ...
<p>Health care is INDEED a right, Mr. Mackey. A basic human right. Why on earth should I put your profits or anyone's attachment to conservative ideological purity before my right to access to health care? You are entitled to your opinion, just as I am entitled to take my business elsewhere and to encourage all of my friends in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco to do the same. Adios. See you in the emergency room!</p>
08/14/2009 10:03:00 PM CDT
Tim Shipman says ...
<p>Because you have choosen to inject yourself into the health car debate I will choose not to shop at Whole Foods.</p>
08/14/2009 10:05:00 PM CDT
Jon Berry says ...
<p>You write: '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> <p>Try this:<br> 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'</p> <p>Perhaps in your next attempt at writing an editorial, you can try to explain how an 'unalienable' right is not an 'intrinsic' right, but good luck with that'¦<br> How can one sustain 'life' without 'food' (or healthcare, for that matter (but perhaps you were not born in a hospital)). And if you withhold food from a child, then you will be in real trouble.</p> <p>Regardless, whether I do or do not have an intrinsic right to food, I'll be getting mine from Trader Joe's in the future.</p>
08/14/2009 10:07:00 PM CDT
Cathy says ...
<p>I haven't shopped much at Whole Foods, there isn't one near and the parking is awful. After reading your blog I will make a point to shop more often at Whole Foods. Thank you for being the voice of reason.</p>
08/14/2009 10:11:00 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
<p>Great article! It's a shame that some people can't see the bad outweighs the potential good on this new healthcare scheme. If there were Whole Foods in New Hampshire, I would gladly buy all my groceries from you. I wish all companies treated their employees like you do!</p>
08/14/2009 10:16:00 PM CDT
George V says ...
<p>Mr. Mackay if what you say is true then I would like you to get the WSJ to print an retraction or at the very least have them admit that they over edited your writing. As it is the article above is still 'an eye opener'. I mean you start with a quote from Margaret Thatcher for God's sake.</p> <p>Till I see that you will not see another penny from me and I imagine the now over 5,500 Facebook members of Boycott Whole Foods group. We will vote with our dollar and yes you will feel it. </p> <p>Sure you will get a few Joe the Plumbers to show up as noted above but they will go back to Walmart after a few weeks and then what?</p> <p>Do yourself and your company a favor and resign.</p> <p>For now I will get my organic food from a local farmers market and Trader Joe's.</p>
08/14/2009 10:16:00 PM CDT
april leder says ...
<p>THANK YOU!!!! I knew that I have shopped at Whole Foods for the last 26 years for a reason!! (okay, Mrs. Gooch's before) Thank you for voicing your view. I really appreciate it and I will continue to be a loyal customer. It is refreshing to have such an opinion voiced in a world where it seems that everyone wants to be 'politically correct' and not share their view. Thank you again!!!<br> april leder</p>
08/14/2009 10:17:00 PM CDT
Rob R says ...
<p>Great Op-Ed! </p> <p>Way to stand up against Fannie Med! Not sure why we can't try cheaper fixes first like you suggested'¦ oh wait it doesn't empower politicians.</p> <p>I would bet money that most of the people who said they will boycott Whole Foods will be back in a month. Where else can you buy most of the eclectic stuff they eat anyway?</p>
08/14/2009 10:18:00 PM CDT
TomH says ...
<p>Throwing around scare-words like 'socialism' does nothing to further the debate, and can't be blamed on the Wall Street Journal. Your reaction to the response from your customers shows us how little respect you have for us and while you claim that Whole Foods takes no official position on this issue, the language of your intro is virtually identical to the press releases recently issued by Whole Foods PR team. I note that your comment policy of 'no personal attacks' doesn't see, apply to your new likely (astroturf) customer base who have just arrived to insult those of us that have been shopping at whole foods for years. </p> <p>Sincerely,<br> A Former Customer</p>
08/14/2009 10:20:00 PM CDT
T Stamper says ...
<p>You are a great role model and true leader. Thank you for speaking pragmatically about this hot issue, and informing many people, who are currently being fed dishonest facts by the White House and the media, about alternatives and how best to reform health care. </p> <p>I am going to shop at Whole Foods much more often now, dropping my hard-earned money on your delicious cheeses, produce and buffet. I am even going to add you on my Facebook page. Thank you for speaking intelligently about this issue. It was truly insightful.</p>
08/14/2009 10:23:00 PM CDT
Steve C. says ...
<p>I completely agree with your view on diet but that's about it. The fact that you would anchor your op-ed with a reference to socialism proves your disingenuousness and completely undermines your credibility. I would think someone like you would know better. Your first two paragraphs are nothing but right wing talking points. The assertion of a 'goverment take over of health care' is simply preposturous paranoia.</p> <p>You call health care an entitlement? How dare you. You are wealthy enough to afford the best care money can buy, yet your op-ed doesn't mention one word about the 47 million American's who don't have health insurance. The view that health care is a privilege and not a right is morally outrageous and morally indefensible. You very clearly articulate the Darwinian attitude toward your fellow American's that is so common among right wing hypocrits. </p> <p>Most of your suggestions would continue to doom more and more Americans to bankruptcy and premature death due to a lack of access to, or inadequate health care. </p> <p>I will be encouraging as many people as possible to shop elsewhere. </p> <p>Your statistics about waiting lists in the UK and Canada are gross distortions and you should be ashamed for repeating such misinformation.</p>
08/14/2009 10:26:00 PM CDT
Terry says ...
<p>Straight off, I do not shop at WF. The entire store is overpriced and they are aggressively anti-union. I see no reason to pay extra when I can get the same thing at another anti-union store for much less. I'm thinking of TJs. </p> <p>When you start off a healthcare op-ed in the WSJ by quoting Margaret Thatcher on socialism, you're probably going to anger liberals. Duh. Some of your bullet points are valid, and I'm sure any number of them will be included in the whatever bill the President signs. That being said'¦</p> <p>It doesn't take a genius to figure out who your customer base is and what you've done here is alienate them. This is really unbelievable. You really stepped in it this time.</p>
08/14/2009 10:27:00 PM CDT
Peter Fernandez says ...
<p>It's unfortunate that although Whole Food's CEO Mackey claims not to speak for Whole Foods 'the company' his Op/Ed for the WSJ will most certainly have a negative effect for 'the company' and its employees. His ignorance and disregard for his company's huge liberal client base will have devastating consequences. Mr. Mackie has single<br> handedly brought on the Liberal boycott of Whole Foods. Thank you Mr. Mackey for joining the ranks<br> of Sarah Palin. Folks like you promote the Liberal cause just by being yourselves.</p>
08/14/2009 10:28:00 PM CDT
Deanna Rieser says ...
<p>I'm nearly speechless. How could you be so out of touch? And how can any decent human being not think health care is an entitlement? </p> <p>Your comments about HSA's seem great, if only it worked out that way in the real world. Maybe that's your problem. You've gotten so high up in this corporate world that you have actually lost touch with all of us with our two feet on the ground. </p> <p>~A Wholefoods Vendor that can't afford health insurance for her employees'¦not even high deductible policies with HSA's.</p>
08/14/2009 10:32:00 PM CDT
neuron says ...
<p>John, great points. Kudos for publicizing your thoughts.</p> <p>I find the majority of the opposition comments here very discouraging as it seems like most people won't even discuss your points. Instead I see plenty of people adopting the mentality that you somehow aren't for health reform because you don't support Obama's plan, and deciding to boycott.</p> <p>Best of luck to you, and we'll certainly continue to shop at Whole Foods.</p>
08/14/2009 10:34:00 PM CDT
Mary P. says ...
<p>There is so much wrong with your screed that it's impossible to know where to begin. Suffice it to say that, from this day forward, I will boycott Whole Foods with the passion I once reserved only for Walmart.</p>
08/14/2009 10:34:00 PM CDT
Steve C. says ...
<p>One more thing: Anyone who uses the canard 'rationed care' is a fool because health care already is rationed '¦ by the insurance companies! They decide who gets what treatments, how much doctor's get paid, etc. Currently, Americans' health is largely at the mercy of profit/loss decisions made by accountants and actuaries. I suspect from your statements, Mr. Mackey, that you truly have no conception of what it is like to actually have to experience the health care system in this country.</p>
08/14/2009 10:36:00 PM CDT
Jonathan Brosin says ...
<p>You may rest assured that I, my family and our progressive friends will never darken the doors of your stores again, except, perhaps, to use the bathroom. Calling health care reform 'Socialism' raises a meaningless bugaboo. Highways, sewer service and water are just as socialistic. You know what? I like those things, and I'll bet you do too!</p>
08/14/2009 10:37:00 PM CDT
Ann in Bethesda MD says ...
<p>As a physician who has been in practice for over 20 years, the only part of your article I can agree with is the part about the importance of a healthy diet. The rest of the article is simplistic and/or false and does sound-as another person noted- a lot like right wing talking points. The health care proposals on the table have nothing to do with 'socialized medicine'. They do include ways to keep health costs down and do include strategies to make our health care system more effective. Serious and thoughtful people are working on these proposals who really care about quality health care that is affordable. While it is great to encourage good eating habits and to discuss your own health care solutions for your company, I suggest you actually read the health care proposals before you embarrass yourself with ill-informed statements that alienate your clientele who have more sense and knowledge on the subject than you do.</p>
08/14/2009 10:42:00 PM CDT
Mike says ...
<p>Blaming the headline writer is specious. You are a multi-millionaire who can afford all the private health care you need. Most of your customers are not. Throwing around the 'socialism' scare word is intellectually dishonest. We have been a socialist country for at least a century. We have socialized police, socialized fire, socialized military, socialized k-12 education, socialized ambulance service, socialized parks, socialized libraries, etc. You think health care is less important than libraries and parks? I have enjoyed your store, but I cannot patronize it any longer given your disregard for the welfare of your cutomers.</p>
08/14/2009 10:42:00 PM CDT
Matthew Fladell says ...
<p>There's an old 60s saying 'You're either on the bus or off the bus.' Clearly despite the greenwashing Whole Foods is off the bus. With all the right wing Big Lies about the Obama Health Care plan, there is no room for waffling. So which side, Dear Reader, are YOU on? It's clear which side Whole Foods is on. Count this family as one more on the picket/boycott line. 'We shall have (whole grain) bread and will shall have roses and HEALTHCARE too!' Hey Mackey, see that light? It's a bio-diesel train coming at ya at 100 klicks an hour, repent, or get outta the way!</p>
08/14/2009 10:44:00 PM CDT
Bill Myers says ...
<p>Who do you think shops at your store Mackey? Rednecks?!</p> <p>It's L-I-B-E-R-A-L-S and we want Universal Health Care.</p> <p>Something like France has. France, better health care, better food than America. </p> <p>I have all my Whole Foods receipts from about 6 or 7 years.</p> <p>I think I will do an guerrilla art piece with them.</p>
08/14/2009 10:45:00 PM CDT
Patrick Callery says ...
<p>I am deeply offended by your view on health care reform. There is much in your thinking that is either wrong-headed, or perhaps more likely, geared toward protecting your company from the burden of social responsibility and concerns about your own taxation, no less so than the CEOs of ExxonMobile, PhillipMorris (excuse me, I meant Altria, that smells better)or Halliburton.<br> As a provider of nutritional products of higher value, informed selection and concern for the environment, you are indicating a profound level of hypocrisy. A man of your position should instead take a hippocratic approach. You have such gall to dangle out there that health care is not covered under the Constitution or Declaration of Independence which begs the implication that guns are. You may not be pro-gun, however the Founders saw a necessity for firearms in a largely wilderness nation,and experienced with wars, revolutionary or otherwise. Such a thought in the 21st century is absurd. Conversely, the availability of medical care not being extended to citizenry in a prompt, uncondition and humane way is equally absurd. You crown your argument with the suggestion that we make a tax-deductible donation to Medicare and others. Maybe we can revive the Jerry Lewis Telethon? By the way, my friends in the UK and Canada do not feel left out by their system. They do think the US backwards on the issue, and see this national debate (?) as amoral.<br> Mr. Mackey, you make my blood boil. I can no longer shop in your stores. It is so discouraging to have assumed good intentions where the foundation of Whole Food. Sir, you have poisoned well. I can not think of your company the same way I once did. What a shame.</p>
08/14/2009 10:46:00 PM CDT
Karla H. says ...
<p>Maybe WF will see a slight, short-term uptick in the number of redstaters and freepers who shop there, if they are willing to drive the two counties over to get to their 'local' WF, but that will be overwhelmed by the number of progressive-thinking regular WF shoppers who will change their shopping habits because of the ghoulish (health care not a basic right??) and incendiary (comparing reform to socialism??) viewpoint you have expressed which is ridiculously out-of-line with your customer base. Hello Trader Joe's. Goodbye $450 a month at WF.</p>
08/14/2009 10:47:00 PM CDT
her massin says ...
<p>I wish you hadn't summarized the reforms as socalism. That is silly.<br> I will shop elsewhere until the reforms Obama promised are enacted<br> into law.</p>
08/14/2009 10:47:00 PM CDT

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