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Allen Wood says ...
Mr. Mackey, do you know who shops at Whole Foods? Your patrons are enlightened, progressive people who support urgenly needed health care reform. You do your business no good by standing in its way.
08/14/2009 8:14:18 PM CDT
Allen Wood says ...
Do not oppose urgently needed health-care reform, Mr. Mackey. Your customers are overwhelmingly people who support it.
08/14/2009 8:15:01 PM CDT
Allen Wood says ...
Mr. Mackey, please end your opposition to health care reform. People who shop at Whole Foods overwhelmingly support this much needed legislation.
08/14/2009 8:15:58 PM CDT
mcooper says ...
Dear Mr Mackey: We were amazed and appalled to read your comments in the Wall Street Journal. Whole Foods sells an image based on health, yet you position yourself in opposition to access to care for all Americans. Your "prescriptions" were simply recycled myths and false solutions that have done nothing to stop the decline of health coverage over the past decade. I'm sorry, but you just lost our family's 400$ per week at WF. Too many Americans lack health care; sadly WF is part of the problem, not the solution. The CEO of a publicly traded company should know better. Drs Maura Cooper and Bruce Siegel
08/14/2009 9:50:33 PM CDT
John Brown says ...
Mr Mackey you just lost my business, $100+ per week. You're the CEO of a public company, keep your political views to yourself, family and friends.
08/14/2009 11:49:22 PM CDT
Bruce says ...
We have been pretty good customers of your stores over the years. We have even given out gift certificates at times and we have certainly touted your name. No more. Your corporate philosophy (which is yours personally) regarding our need as a nation to take the incentive away from the health insurance companies, so that they can be what they started out to be, health insurance companies; your philosophy, you, have sold out your core values. In Miami, Southern California, New York, Iowa, Utah, Philadelphia and Denver you are OFF our Christmas Card List and your stock will no longer appear in our portfolio. sincerely, Bruce
08/15/2009 9:47:12 AM CDT
Vance says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, Reading the American Thinker article on how some liberals have decided to quit patronizing Whole Foods I have one thing to say to them...go. I, my wife, (a naturalized U.S. citizen and someone who experienced tyranny firsthand), and my mother are all "originalist" conservatives who have patronized your business from the very first day you opened in Reno, Nv.. Your comments on what should be done to rectify the present problems imposed on the medical professions are correct. Something to think about is when will they, (Obama and his ilk of control everything freaks), eventually try to either directly or indirectly control your business. If there are any on the Board of Directors or the executive staff of Whole Foods Inc. they are the supreme hypocrite...self explanatory. God willing "conservative" freedom not socialist tyranny will prevail. Some reading material http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/extort_thy_neighbor_or_how_to.html Vance Rushing U.S.N. Retired
08/15/2009 10:38:30 AM CDT
Vance says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, Reading the American Thinker article on how some liberals have decided to quit patronizing Whole Foods I have one thing to say to them…go. I, my wife, (a naturalized U.S. citizen and someone who experienced tyranny firsthand), and my mother are all “originalist” conservatives who have patronized your business from the very first day you opened in Reno, Nv.. Your comments on what should be done to rectify the present problems imposed on the medical professions are correct. Something to think about is when will they, (Obama and his ilk of control everything freaks), eventually try to either directly or indirectly control your business. If there are any on the Board of Directors or the executive staff of Whole Foods Inc. who subscibe socialism they are the supreme hypocrite…self explanatory. God willing “conservative” freedom not socialist tyranny will prevail. Some reading material http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/extort_thy_neighbor_or_how_to.html Vance Rushing U.S.N. Retired Please post this edited correction Vance
08/15/2009 10:42:00 AM CDT
florence cowan says ...
So John is against President Obama's health care reforms. His comments against Britian and Canada's health care systems is opinionated and uneducated. Very few citizens in countries with national health care complain about their health care. What they know is that they are insured. 47 million Americans have NO health care at all. Why is America the only industrialized country in the world (except for South Africa) with no national health care? Why does John think this is OK? I have been a consistant customer of Whole Foods, but now I will not be able to enter your store without getting angry at your elitist attitude.
08/15/2009 1:41:37 PM CDT
Munodi says ...
I have now not only joined the boycott of whole foods but am actively working to encourage others to join our boycott. And it's really funny to read the comments from republiklans who now "support" whole foods but who in the past refered to it as a store for wimpy liberals. What HYPOCRITES!
08/15/2009 1:52:42 PM CDT
B.ARNOLD says ...
SORRY, NO LONGER A RENO CUSTOMER. YOU EXPRESSED YOUY OPINIONS ON HEALTH CARE NOW I AM EXPRESSING MINE.
08/15/2009 4:12:27 PM CDT
Jerry Rudolph says ...
Mr.Mackey,you are soooooooo right,but in this country now it seems everyone wants everything for FREE.I hate to say it but there is no such thing as FREE.FIGHT the GOOD FIGHT,I'm with you(and I am a democrat.
08/15/2009 4:20:55 PM CDT
D. Johnson says ...
Kudo's to you Mr Mackey! My wife and I have never set foot in a Whole Foods store but that is about to change. Thank you for your views and having the courage to voice them.
08/15/2009 7:15:32 PM CDT
redrockraven says ...
My wife and I have been shopping regularly at Whole Foods in Las Vegas for over 10 years. We sincerely thank the business CEO for providing his view of the health care issues facing the US. Since Mr. Mackey's views appear to be a direct contradiction to the healthy living ideals that we have until now believed that their stores promote, my wife and I will be taking our business to another store. We do not intend to continue to support a hypocritical business that believes more in lining their own pockets and shortchanging their employees health plans than in promoting the health and welfare of their customers and employees.
08/15/2009 7:28:56 PM CDT
John Maybush says ...
I have not been to your store yet but will make a point to go there this weekend. Thank you for speaking up as the President has stated. It's a shame that the liberal left doesn't want to here or consider any opinion or alternative but their own. They fooled a lot of people in 2008, 2010 will be different.
08/15/2009 9:32:46 PM CDT
Woody says ...
At the time I was there last week I didn't realize my visit to the local Whole Foods store would be my last or I would have said goodbye to everyone. I cannot your corporate profit focused, "I've got mine, everybody else is on their own" approach. You knew who you were writing for and that the WSJ would use your work to support their corporate clients in every way possible. As a self employed person, I pay almost $500 per month for high deductible insurance and I know good and well I have no protection whatsoever. As soon as I have a serious illness the medical corporations will make an assessment. How much can we get from his "insurance"? How can we attach his personal assets? When all of those are gone they will call whomever I list as my next of kin and tell them to come and get me because there is nothing more they can do. I will not go back to Whole Foods.
08/16/2009 2:19:35 AM CDT
Alexander Shedd says ...
Mr. Mackey, What is it about health care reform that frightens you so much? Do you have a large amount of stock in Cigna, Blue Cross and Humana? The “all-knowing” market sucks... and we all know it. Who was bailing out the bankers to the tune of billions... the evil government. I didn't hear the wealthy complaining when your portfolios were being saved! You misinformed opinions about health care are not backed by facts, only your own conjecture. Why don’t you study what doctors are recommending rather than form conclusions on biases? Studies consistently reveal that Americans have bloated, expensive health care that does not give benefit in proportion to cost. What is the solution? Take money making out of health care! Leave that to cleaver business people who see a desire in the market and exploit it. Sick people should not be exploited for profit! You are wrong in your assertion that we have no way to pay for health reform. We have, in this country, plenty of money! Look at our bloated military budget! If we simply stop expanding the already ludicrous production of useless war material we could easily pay for health, all while stimulating the economy and creating useful and well-paying jobs! Oh, BTW, I am a long time customer who spends hundreds of dollars at your store monthly… no more! Until you apologize for your misinformed comments you will never see another dime from me! Mr. Mackey: stay out of politics! Alexander Shedd, Albuquerque NM
08/16/2009 9:31:25 AM CDT
Jered Johnson says ...
Mr Mackey you have my whole hearted support. I have never shopped at you store but will now go out of my way to do so. I wished more people had the guts (particularly CEO's and business people) to stand up and say what this socialized nightmare is--a fiasco. And please do not back down now that you have taken this stand. To make this stand takes great guts. Just as the founders of our nation have said, "we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor". Many of them lost great sums of money and literally fortunes because LIBERTY was more important to them than making a buck. And yes while it is true that some will stop shopping at your store you will have the knowledge that you did the right thing in the face of the left-wing mob that has done so much to destroy this great nation that is built upon Washington, Jefferson, and all our founders. Men who were proud to proclaim that "all men are created equal and endowed by there Creator." (Not some are more equal than others and endowed by there own delusions.) Yes you might lose some customers but there are many others that will come and take there place and support you and your stores because you have supported us --"the little guy" who has no voice. Thank you again.
08/16/2009 9:32:49 AM CDT
Jim Shot says ...
YOU LOST MY BUCKS BUDDY!
08/16/2009 9:35:02 AM CDT
Alexander Shedd says ...
Mr. Mackey, What is it about health care reform that frightens you so much? Do you have a large amount of stock in Cigna, Blue Cross and Humana? The “all-knowing” market sucks... and we all know it. Who was bailing out the bankers to the tune of billions... the evil government. I didn't hear the wealthy complaining when your portfolios were being saved! Your misinformed opinions about health care are not backed by facts, only your own conjecture. Why don’t you study what doctors are recommending rather than form conclusions on biases? Studies consistently reveal that Americans have bloated, expensive health care that does not give benefit in proportion to cost. What is the solution? Take money making out of health care! Leave that to cleaver business people who see a desire in the market and exploit it. Sick people should not be exploited for profit! You are wrong in your assertion that we have no way to pay for health reform. We have, in this country, plenty of money! Look at our bloated military budget! If we simply stop expanding the already ludicrous production of useless war material we could easily pay for health, all while stimulating the economy and creating useful and well-paying jobs! Oh, BTW, I am a long time customer who spends hundreds of dollars at your store monthly… no more! Until you apologize for your misinformed comments you will never see another dime from me! Mr. Mackey: stay out of politics! Dr. Alexander Shedd
08/16/2009 9:36:02 AM CDT
Gary Shafer says ...
Sir, Having followed the national debate on health care reform, it was interesting to see your comments in the WSJ, and to read some of the comments in your blog. I am unsure of the actual incidence of rationing and wait times in Britain and Canada, as I am unsure of what actual costs of any public option would be in our own country. To the best of my knowledge the only experiments we have tried to date have been the children’s insurance program in Hawaii which failed due to the expense, and Massachusetts that appears to be having some of the same problems. I completely agree with your opinion concerning personal responsibility of diet and nutrition, and the role that this plays in overall health. I can find nothing that I disagree with concerning your reform concepts, and being self-employed, in fact satisfactorily used high deductible insurance personally for many years. Having attempted to remove much of the emotional aspects of this topic from the debate, I am left with the same ideas for improvement that you listed. I especially liked the option of a deductible contribution for children's health care, as I currently, and regularly, contribute to St. Jude and several international children's charities. The bottom line, as it so often is, is one of cost. Any program, or change, that we implement must be fundable without adding to individual tax burden. As a businessman, you understand, as do I and that there is only so much money one can spend … regardless of what we may emotionally want to do. The answers, to date, of fundability, are at best questionable and at worst (CBO report on current proposals) a fiscal nightmare. When the money runs out, all health care and or other support stops. Again Sir, I applaud your comments. Your company does not have a store in my town, but I can certainly drive the 40 miles at times.
08/16/2009 9:59:30 AM CDT
Sue Chambers says ...
Thank you for stating your accurate opinion of Health Care Reform. Because of your view I will try and ONLY shop at Whole Foods. I will encourage everyone I know to do the same. I only wish more high profile people would share in your accurate boldness. We need to stand up to the President and his UN-American ideas.
08/16/2009 10:21:59 AM CDT
thopopules alluwishus junior says ...
Hi John Thopopules Here Your views on health care reform were right on please keep up the good fight.I know many folks who would love to work at whole foods because of your generous benefits.I will be shopping at whole foods for all my veggies from now on. ps I am somewhat ticked off that you no longer carry ziggermens bagels at your ann arbor mi stores.
08/16/2009 10:23:28 AM CDT
Dennis Allan says ...
Having never visited one of these stores, my wife and I will now attempt to locate this store in our area and support this fine business. This country needs more logical ideas on health care and not the limited minds of government type of answers.
08/16/2009 10:24:30 AM CDT
Brian Cantin says ...
In addition to the measures described by Mr. Mackey, the following steps would induce real competition in the health field. * Eliminate government licensing of medical professionals. Government licensing should be replaced by private certification. Consumers could then employ certified medical professionals or not as they pleased. The government licensing system drives up costs for users of services while it benefits practitioners. For example, the number of doctors is restricted in a number of ways by accredited medical schools. Medical schools artificially limit the number of applicants who are accepted. You can't get licensed as a doctor unless you came from an accredited medical school. It is very difficult for a doctor who attended to a foreign medical school to obtain a medical license in the United States. Medical professionals in all fields face restrictions similar to those that doctors face. All of these measures restrict competition, drive up costs, and reduce the choices available to consumers. * Abolish the FDA. The draconian requirements of the FDA with respect to the development of drugs keeps useful drugs off of the market, and drives up the cost of drugs that are on the market. * Eliminate patents. Patents restrict competition, and they markedly drive up the costs of drugs. * Eliminate trade barriers that restrict the access of United States citizens to foreign drugs. For example, many drugs are currently available more cheaply in Canada than they are in the United States.
08/16/2009 10:26:37 AM CDT

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