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ZeissMan says ...
<p>Thank you John. It is time to speak the truth. See you tomorrow for sushi and some wine.</p>
08/14/2009 7:43:00 PM CDT
Dorothy says ...
<p>Your ideas about health care are typical of a rich, white Republican. You have no clue how it feels to be poor, self employed or have illness that prevent your getting health care. I will no longer shop at your store. Before you wrote this you should have thought about who buys your products.</p>
08/14/2009 7:43:00 PM CDT
Sarah O'Dell says ...
<p>Mr. Markey,</p> <p>You've just lost a loyal, longtime customer of Whole Foods who goes dates back to the days of Fresh Fields. I will never shop in Whole Foods again and will watch with interest to see how your comments and idealogy impact your business. It's unfortunate.</p>
08/14/2009 7:44:00 PM CDT
Former Canadian Whole Foods customer says ...
<p>Hello All, </p> <p>I want to make an important point regarding Mr. Mackey's Wall Street Journal article: I just researched the Investors Business Daily article John Mackey cites for his quotes regarding healthcare in Canada and England'you know, the part about 830,000 people waiting for medical treatment, or the '1.8 million deep' British people waiting for treatment at the hands of the 'heartless, cold and uncaring socialist bureaucrats'. So here is what I found out'¦</p> <p>So who wrote this article for Investors Business Daily? Nobody: no author is even cited! And oh, yeah: the Heritage Foundation (an infamous right wing think tank that counts among its ilk Karl Rove and Dick Cheney) is quoted as one of the sources for the highly dubious claims of higher mortality in European countries with socialized healthcare. To quote the Heritage Foundation on anything is to quote an extremely biased, neo-conservative pro-corporate think tank with an agenda. Hardly a trustworthy source of objective, scientific data on healthcare outcomes, Mr. Mackey.</p> <p>But there's more: Not only is NO AUTHOR cited for the Investor Business Daily article Mr. Mackey quotes from, but further NO CITATIONS are given for the so-called long waiting lines in Canada and Europe! For all we know these long lists are just made up'by a phantom author no less. </p> <p>Finally: can we trust Investor Business Daily'a stock market website'for objective, unbiased information on healthcare comparisons between USA and Canada/Europe? No, we can't: they are cheerleaders for American health insurance corporations and their stock holders.</p> <p>Mr. Mackey quotes bogus statistics without citations to verify, or quotes statistics from the militant right wink think tank Heritage Foundation'an article without an author! Little wonder Americans are so confused about healthcare reform: they are being fed lies and misinformation like Mr. Mackey is using in his Wall Street Journal article.</p>
08/14/2009 7:48:00 PM CDT
Monique Mugg says ...
<p>Thank you Mr. Mackey, I share your view and though there are no Whole Foods near me (wish there were), the next time I visit family in Chicago, I will frequent WF, as I always do. Your ideas are constructive and well thought out.</p>
08/14/2009 7:48:00 PM CDT
Dennis Kelly says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,<br> This formerly very loyal Whole Foods customer will not shop there again as long as Mr. Mackey opposes the Obama health care reform plan.</p>
08/14/2009 7:48:00 PM CDT
Nick says ...
<p><strong>personal attack</strong> Who do you have astroturfing your comments? Because they're bad at it.</p> <p>By the time you got to 'The problem with socialism'¦' in terms of the health care debate, you were already off the deep edge where me and mine are concerned. Thatcher's England HAD SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. All developed countries have socialized medicine, including ours (Medicare? Medicaid?). The WSJ didn't edit the shortsightedness, knee-jerk conservatism, or brutal unwillingness to help the sick and needy into your op-ed ' they just took out your boneheaded 1998 infographic.</p>
08/14/2009 7:48:00 PM CDT
Marcia F, Hall says ...
<p>To the Board: Greetings from Colorado. Well, until today I have been a loyal WF customer for years and years, at three stores here in Denver Metro and at two in Northern California. But guess what? I am done. Isn't it curious that a man whose firm is so health oriented is also opposed to public healthcare??</p> <p>During the campaign of 2008, there were rumors circulating that WF was owned by Republicans who were in support of the McCain/Palin ticket. I asked a longtime clerk at the store and was told that such was not the case, whew! for me. But I guess it was too good to be true. Or at least, no matter what the political bent of Mr. Markey, he is not a very good citizen to his fellow Americans. 'Bye.</p>
08/14/2009 7:49:00 PM CDT
Carol Nissenson says ...
<p>I spend about $6000 a year at Whole Foods between groceries and catering. I will never spend a dime with you again. This is not a 'boycott', it is a personal choice, and those who feel differently are free to make their choices. I wouldn't want my money going to pay your salary, anymore than I would want to help Glenn Beck. I assure you there are many more people in Northwest DC and Silver Spring who feel as I do, than those who share your perspective.</p>
08/14/2009 7:51:00 PM CDT
Bryan says ...
<p>John,</p> <p>You have earned LEGIONS of new Conservative shoppers through your excellent op-ed piece.</p> <p>They have a lot of money to spend. If you continue to offer the the excellent Whole Foods experience, they will be yours for life.</p> <p>Never, ever be afraid to speak your mind when speaking with integrity and honesty, for there are literally tens of millions who agree with you.</p> <p>Do not let the 'negative' press from the left-wing media cause to back down at all. For while articles may highlight 'the bus rider who has gone to WF faithfully for years and will no longer', there are thousands more of us to replace him.</p> <p>I will be sure to make a note to head back over to WF very soon. Your rotisserie chicken is the best!</p> <p>Keep up the great work in defending the free-market principles that made this nation what it is.</p>
08/14/2009 7:51:00 PM CDT
jean says ...
<p>Unfortunately, those who are uninsured or underinsured, in most cases, cannot afford to shop in Whole Food, or live in the areas where Whole Food stores are located. Also, once again, facts about a bill is wrong. There are currently five bills in both houses (3 in Congress, 2 in Senate). There is still a lengthy process in conference in order to get them into one bill.</p>
08/14/2009 7:52:00 PM CDT
jim atmadison says ...
<p>Pure, simple, selfish, shortsighted, dishonest balderdash.</p> <p>I will never set foot in your University Avenue store again. I'm very glad you didn't put a new store in the Hilldale Mall because it looks bad to have a new store die a quick death.</p> <p>Who do you think your customers are? The deathers? Do you think the well-educated, liberal, community-oriented university crowd that has supported your store will take kindly to this?</p>
08/14/2009 7:52:00 PM CDT
David Brisker says ...
<p>A) I doubtThe Wall Street Journal 'Twisted' Mr. Mackey's words. Mr. Mackey was critical of the reform effort and called it 'Socialism'. The WSJ is owned by Fox Newscorp and is sympathetic to this opinion. B) My dad was a business owner and was asked his political opinion all the time. He had many strong opinions. He kept them to himself, and shared them only with close friends. This is because he realized that as a business owner, his customers were Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, as well as liberals &amp; conservatives. He understood that voicing his opinion could cost him customers. Mr. Mackey would have done well to keep out of the fray. He is entitled to his opinion, entitled to speak his mind as a citizen to his representatives in DC, but to have his opinion published was not a wise choice. He has alienated his base. Let's face it. I am sure folks on both sides of the issue shop at Whole Foods, but I am willing to bet the lions share are Liberals who are most interested in the kind of products found at Whole Foods.</p>
08/14/2009 7:52:00 PM CDT
Dianne S. says ...
<p>Yes, Mr. Mackey, you are able to offer your opinion about health care reform. People like you are highly influential given your power, (translation money). Your customers can tell you what they think about your opinion by shopping elsewhere which is the only influence that we have. You clearly don't know much about the demographics of your core group of faithful customers. Your lack of support for a reform measure that will help so many will end up affecting your bottom line. You've made millions already and can buy the best coverage in terms of healthcare, so I guess it doesn't matter to you anyway. It matters to me, my family and friends, and we will let you know this the best way we know how; with our wallets.</p>
08/14/2009 7:53:00 PM CDT
Garth says ...
<p>I applaud Mr. Mackey for adding to the health care debate. I already shop at Whole Foods and will continue to do so to show my support.</p>
08/14/2009 7:55:00 PM CDT
James says ...
<p>@ Tammie</p> <p>Medical coverage should NOT be profit oriented. That is so incredibly WRONG.</p>
08/14/2009 7:55:00 PM CDT
Jim C. says ...
<p>I, for one, will not be shopping for my organic foods at Whole Foods ever again. Thankfully, here in Akron, Ohio, we have the Mustard Seed Market, and I do not have to depend on Whole Foods for my organic needs. How sad that the CEO of a company that promotes good health also promotes the idea that everyone in this country should not have equal access to health insurance. Obviously, this is one CEO that is leeching off of those who desire to live a healthy lifestyle, rather than a CEO that actually BELIEVES in the product and the philosophy that he is selling. How disgusting.</p>
08/14/2009 7:56:00 PM CDT
Roy says ...
<p>At last! A contribution to the healthcare debate from a bona fide Liberal!</p> <p>Medical care will improve and become more affordable by maximizing personal choice, sharply curtailing third-party interference in the competitive free market, and eliminating 'lawsuit lotto' legal actions.</p> <p>I'm going to frequent Whole Foods a lot more often in the future.</p>
08/14/2009 7:57:00 PM CDT
alan says ...
<p>Sorry Mr. Mackey'¦too late. I will be joining the boycott.</p>
08/14/2009 7:59:00 PM CDT
Jamee says ...
<p>I agree with Laura ' </p> <p>I am an infrequent shopper of Whole Foods, but after reading your op-ed, and particularly after reading the attacks against you, I will be making a point of shopping at your store more often. Keep up the good fight!</p> <p>And I would like to add that I LOVE my HSA! It has given me more freedom in my healthcare choices. Also, I would like to state that most HSA plans allow for a FREE yearly Physical and additional WELL CARE appointments. It is the best healthcare reform that this country has seen in decades!</p>
08/14/2009 8:00:00 PM CDT
Bob says ...
<p>Thank you for posting your opinion. It is amazing how many people want the 'MAN' to run their entire life for them. We need only look to MOST of rest of the world to see what Socialism will bring us. I loved the comment by our neighbor from the north that now lives here. Canada is certainly the model for public health care and NON-SOCIALIST country ' PLEASE. Any way, thanks for speaking up. I just hope the silent, deadly silent majority of working America will FINALLY wake up and refuse to be led down the path to perdition that we are on. Trust me, Barack, Nancy, their crew, and the blind followers that believe they are on the yellow brick road to OZ do not have the answer to the proverbial question!!! Keep up the good fight, I am a fan now!</p>
08/14/2009 8:00:00 PM CDT
Jim Hoff says ...
<p>I, for one, will be a new customer because you have the courage to state your opinion. In America we still have free speech and you excersized it.<br> If we, as Americans, don't stop the nonsense that is going on in Washington we will also lose freedom of speech. I wish more business people would speak out.<br> Jim Hoff<br> Glendale AZ</p>
08/14/2009 8:01:00 PM CDT
Kelly says ...
<p>Everyone should ask John why he went to an HDHP plan. Yes, it has the pre-tax HSA but I am guessing it was becuase his premiums were so high that he had no choice. Also, ask him what his employee's out of pocket max limits are. Another example of how Americans continue to be under-insured while paying higher and higher premiums. More and more insurance companies are openly reporting that HDHP plans are not driving down healthcare cost, esp in the small business arena. And to the bigger question for you and your board ' why did you write this? Stick to overpriced fruits and veggies.</p>
08/14/2009 8:01:00 PM CDT
FMPerry says ...
<p>You know I am amazed at all of this. I work as an health insurance agent and I cannot tell you all how many people I meet in my travels that do not have any health insurance and are suffering. I wish they would have a public option to help the people I meet because the company I work for would rather be a part of the problem than be apart of the solution. Thank goodness, I have socialized medicine at the VA because I would not be able to afford any health.</p>
08/14/2009 8:02:00 PM CDT
James says ...
<p>@ Mr. Mackey</p> <p>You sir are so wrong. Canada has what is called the 'Canada Health Act.' </p> <p>The Canada Health Act states in the preamble that the objective of Canadian Health Care policy is 'that continued access to quality health care without financial or other barriers will be critical to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Canadians.The primary objective of the Act is 'to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.' (Section 3).</p> <p>As you can see, Canadians do have a LEGAL right to health care coverage regardless of their financial status. Where I come from (Manitoba) you have basic coverage for all. That is free. If you want to get extended coverage for things like having your own hospital room, cable tv, etc., you get Blue Cross, etc. extended coverage. Simple and that is the way it should be in the United States.</p>
08/14/2009 8:02:00 PM CDT

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