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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
Ravi G says ...
<p>I was just becoming a frequent shopper at whole foods over the last couple of months in Cleveland area. you just lost another customer with your oped article. Don't try to spin yourself out of this, your customer are not stupid.</p>
08/14/2009 10:48:00 PM CDT
Lance says ...
<p>Boil it down and what you are saying is that I, as CEO of Whole Foods, am going to use the health care reform issue to promote the business of Whole Foods. If everyone shopped at Whole Foods, everyone would be healthier, and everyone's health care costs would be lower. Thats is simply beautiful. Hey John, if you truly believe this why don't you set the example? Why don't you lower the prices at Whole Foods to an affordable level. Then everyone can shop at Whole Foods, everyone can have a healthy diet'¦. and best of all everyone's health care costs will be lower. I will be spending my dollars at Trader Joe's!</p>
08/14/2009 10:49:00 PM CDT
R.Ryning says ...
<p>I am very fortunate. I have insurance despite a 'pre-existing' condition due to my husbands policy. I have a very good life, sufficient finances. I have been a pleased customer for a very long time and have defended the 'Whole Paycheck' slams. We often donate to the causes promoted at the check out stand and are happy to have a place to do so.<br> I will now do everything I can to shop elsewhere. I feel we have a moral obligation to care for others. Sometimes others need our assistance. They are often less fortunate due to circumstances beyond their control.<br> I am not religious, I just care about those around me. I don't care to donate in ways that put my name forward. I don't want recognition. I will pay more in taxes, willingly, to help those that need help. I am surprised and appalled to know that you feel so differently.</p>
08/14/2009 10:51:00 PM CDT
BEATRIZ FOLSOM says ...
<p>I find it very offensive for you to use Whole Foods name in a political matter'¦.I will be spending my $15,000.00 a year at other markets'¦.</p>
08/14/2009 10:52:00 PM CDT
Daniel says ...
<p>I assume that you feel rationing of health care by the insurance industry is acceptable. The average health insurance CEO compensation is ll+million/yr. Administrative costs for health insurance corporations is approx. 25% while other industrialized countries average around 5%. There is no bankruptcy due to medical care in these countries while here there are around 1 million per year due to health problems. What is your resource for the waiting lists for health care in Canada and UK? While no health delivery system can be perfect, other countries seem to have a moral sense that caring for their citizens is worth the effort. Granted, our Constitution does not mandate universal health care. So, I guess you are correct, only those things specifically outline in that document should be part of our efforts to care for our citizens. I assume then that you are for repealing Social Security and Medicare. These programs certainly are 'Socialist'. I was so surprised to read your comments. I cannot believe that your employees will agree with you'they are a great bunch and I am so sorry to have to move along to another market due to your statements.</p>
08/14/2009 10:53:00 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
<p>I have been a loyal customer for from day one, even when I couldn't afford to shop at Whole (Paycheck) Foods, even after the new store in Oakland sold food from Everett and Jones (nothing healthy about Everett and Jones). I will shop at Berkeley Bowl and Trader Joe's and the various farmer's markets. I will also go out my way to shop at the new organic market in West Oakland. You have lost a very good customer. Please note everyone does not have your money to afford the life you have.</p>
08/14/2009 10:53:00 PM CDT

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