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Jen says ...
Fabulous article- but don't back down because of a boycott threat. It is ironic those that are suposed to be so tolerant and open minded make threats when one expresses an opionion, a right in this country, that is ulike their own. Consider if the tables were turned. I think you'll be surprised at all the new customers you'll gain (me included) for having the courage to speak up. After all, most Americans do not agree with Obama's plan which will bankerupt our country.
08/16/2009 10:40:37 AM CDT
michele says ...
I am so impressed with your editorial piece. Please continue to speak your mind. It was handled so eloquently and diplomatically and truly with a the facts. Should this proposes government run health insurance plan become a reality I suspect that business would be down anyway regardless of who favors the plan or not. Who will have the money to spend on food? The boycott will have no effect due to the fact that I suspect you will gain many more customers in their places. Health care is still available-no one is ever turned away. Prioritizing one's expenses is the key. I have always been a fan of Whole Foods but at times I feel a bit uncomfortable (i.e. if I don't bring a recyclable bag b/c I am in need of some paper or plastic bags for other reasons). I am now an even bigger fan. Keep up all of the great work Mr. Mackey!
08/16/2009 1:33:01 PM CDT
Robert Slockbower says ...
You have the right to say what you want. I have the right to not spend another dime in your stores until you resign.
08/16/2009 8:55:14 PM CDT
Marc Emrich says ...
I believe Mackey has the best of intentions and his company's solution is perfect for companies with 8 billion in annual revenue. I'll go so far as to say it probably works with any companies of a billion plus maybe even less. And quite frankly if the current bill is passed his model will still be viable. It solves the problem of the rising deductibles and increasing copays in the current insurance market for his employees and any companies of the aforesaid structure. It spreads the risk and thus brings costs into line. The bigger the pool the easier it is to spread the risk as long as you have the proper checks and balances in place. Hey wait a sec, isn't that the whole concept behind insurance? Have we strayed a bit from that model in recent years? Problem is that most self employed are in small groups of one or two. Heaven forbid they get sick, because they then become uninsurable. Not everyone works for multinational conglomerates. Most of his other suggestions are great as well. We all need to lose weight and not smoke, buy foods from his stores (Whole Paycheck), and if we have money we could choose to donate extra money towards healthcare on our 1040's to those that don't. Portablility is good I guess. Tort reform is definitely good. Repealing all government mandates would be a total disaster in my opinion but that is the only one that I did not like. His suggestions are mostly great conceptually but highly unlikely to come to fruition. In conclusion, I guess the liberals who are jumping all over Mackey are guilty of exactly what the conservatives who are jumping all over the current health bill are guilty of. They hear that he wrote an article in the nasty old WSJ entitled "The Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare" and some of them went ballistic. As he states above, Mackey never wrote the word "Obamacare" . If more conservatives looked at the facts instead of gathering their conclusions from Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Fox News whose sole purpose it is is to destroy this administration, then maybe there would not be such a problem with reforming the current health care situation. Call me crazy but I believe that offering a government option encourages Capitalism, not Socialism. You see the government option won't let someone who didn't reveal they had taken acne medicine in their teens go financially bankrupt by refusing to cover their cancer treatments 20 years later. Now with such a competitor in place the private insurers need to make sure they do the same or lose market share to the nasty old government. That is good old Capitalism at work. I have some of that terrible liberal blood flowing in me because I feel that the poor and ill have a right to health care just like I am crazy enough to think they have a right to education, police and fire protection and paved roads amongst other things. If that makes me a Socialist then I am proud to be a Socialist but as a Wharton MBA I still call myself a capitalist and a fiscal conservative. Go figure.
08/16/2009 10:01:19 PM CDT
Edwina Hughes says ...
Thank you Mr. Mackey, for your comments about the attempted government takeover of the healthcare industry. No government has the right to control a patient/doctor relationship. Plus, government access to your checking account to automatically withdraw money; government employees to come to your home when you are expecting/have children and tell you the proper way to raise them? No business of the government's. This will lead to the government dictating what we can and can't eat (as they are in some places already) which would no doubt benefit your Company. I shop at Whole Foods occasionally and will continue to do so. I am not a believer that Organic is any healthier than regular grown foods. This has been proven and admitted to by the Organic Foods industry. I don't buy Whole Foods for health reasons but for taste. Your steaks are great! Your desserts are wonderful! Frankly, the veggies I buy at Publix and Winn Dixie are better than yours. Someone started a comment with the word "Progressive". This word is a cover for people who are afraid to admit they are Liberal/Socialist. Hillary called herself a Progressive,not a Liberal, during the campaign. Thanks again, Edwina
08/17/2009 5:30:52 AM CDT
Joeb says ...
Kudos to Mr. Mackey on your op-ed piece on Obama's healthcare takeover attempt. I wish that other CEO's would have the courage to tell it like it is. I have not been a big Whole Foods shopper in the past, but I will be in the future.
08/17/2009 2:34:48 PM CDT
Aline Jordan says ...
I have been a regular customer since you were located on Lamar. I will no longer spend my money to further the goals of someone who obviously does not think our health care system needs to be divorced from the capitalist model. The aims of health care are to reduce the number of customers John, the aims of capitalism quite the opposite. Nurses, such as myself, understand this as well as the pain and suffering and increased costs that are caused by our lack of even the most primitive and primary health care.
08/17/2009 3:31:26 PM CDT
Paul Walden says ...
Thank you so much for your blog. I support you 100% and will continue to support Whole Foods as long as you are in charge. You are a good and decent man.
08/17/2009 4:05:31 PM CDT
Susan says ...
My husband and I live in a city that does not have a Whole Foods, but whenever we have gone to a nearby city that has one, we have made a point of including a stop at WF. We always took a cooler and brought home as many items as we could. That habit is over. The appalling comments by WF's CEO regarding health care reform in this country shocked and distressed us. We cannot support a company which lends its name, even through one person, to this kind of policy. Too bad.
08/17/2009 7:01:24 PM CDT
Kate Shorter says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I lived in Canada for most of my life until I was 30 years old. It was inconceivable to me that Americans pay for health care when I moved here. When in Canada I had access to whatever care I needed whenever I needed it with no long waits. My parents and entire family still reside there. My mother was diagnosed with acute Pancreatitis in 2000. She spent 10 months in the hospital. She wasn't able to eat a meal but got her nourishment through an IV. She had several trips to Intensive Care a few surgeries, round the clock care and medications that were extremely necessary and abundant. My mother is home now and for the most part well and living a good life. I was grateful the whole time she was there and I am especially grateful now. If we had lived in the US my mother would most likely be dead and we would all be broke paying for her medical bills. You have a limited and naive outlook on this matter, the insurance companies here are great at brainwashing U. S. citizens to think that other countries in the world that actually care for their people are flawed. Fear and greed motivate this opinion. I would suggest you take some personal responsibility and do some further investigation and search your conscience before you continue along this path of thinking. I believe ignorance is a dangerous thing. I am concerned about your well being, because someone with such a poor view of what's possible and such a short sightedness when it comes to the well being of his fellow man, must have an unhealthy heart no matter what he eats or how much he exercises. Sincerely, Kate Shorter Canadian and American citizen ex-Whole Foods shopper
08/17/2009 11:28:19 PM CDT
Thomas Tumola says ...
Mr. mackey, your article on health care reform was right on point. Many thanks. I have been a Whole Foods shopper for many years & will continue to be one. When are you going to run for office? We could use some intelligent, hard working people in Washington.
08/17/2009 11:36:25 PM CDT
Harold & Jennetta Baker says ...
We strongly disagree with your oped piece on Health-care. We came to the United States from England. In 2003 we returned for a Holiday. Unfortunately my wife needed medical treatment for her knee. Within 2 hours of presenting ourselves at a Hospital she received a diagnostic MRI and treatment. She walked out of the Hospital with a pair of crutches free of charge and without any medical bill for the Emergency room or the Doctor. We do not think you understand the predicament faced by millions of Americans who lack access to Health-care. The President of a Company bears a responsibility for the image of the entire Company; whether or not it is his personal opinion. We have shopped at Whole-Foods for over 20 years and spend thousands of dollars annually. We are so disappointed with your statements that we intend to purchase our organic products from alternative stores until such time as you decide to support the idea that Health-care is a universal right. Margaret Thatcher is now enjoying the benefits of the same system she attempted to dismantle.
08/18/2009 12:12:33 AM CDT
Jim Philips says ...
Cute quote from Mag Thatcher! With ideas like that, how come she didn't make it her mission to shut down Britain's National Health Service? Tell me, Mr. Mackey!
08/18/2009 5:57:55 AM CDT
Carol Williams Kisch says ...
Hi! I just read a commentary about John Mackay and the Whole Foods employee health insurance plans and so I thought I'd check out this site. I'm so glad I found it! I love Whole Foods. We went to Santa Fe and ate in an expensive restaurant, then stopped at a Whole Foods delicatessen the next day and the Whole Foods meal was the better one! Thank you, John Mackay, for bringing us Whole Foods and this website!!!!!! Carol
08/18/2009 9:45:09 AM CDT
XactlySo says ...
I've been a shopper at WF for years, but seeing a multimillion dollar owner argue against health-care reform that would benefit those less fortunate, makes me sick. It'll be a long time, if ever, before I can return to the WF in Chicago without being reminded by the affluence on display there that my purchases benefit those who can most afford health care, as well as healthy food, but seem to live by a dog-eat-dog mentality when it comes to those less fortunate than themselves. I suggest CEO of WF get their values toward the working classes who don't shop at WF more in line with their stated values to the earth before any of us return to their stores.
08/18/2009 11:44:30 AM CDT
Samantha Evans says ...
I completely support the CEO's right to express his alternative ideas. Although I have not read, in its entirety, the idea, I respect the fact that he has another idea. Especially since I do not support the Govt's option. We, the working class people, are terrified at what's going on right before our eyes. As an Accountant, I'm amazed at the costs of this. Number's make sense...the Govt plan, doesn't. :(
08/18/2009 12:01:28 PM CDT
seamus murley says ...
Our family joins the boycott of Whole foods. Mackey knows very little about health care. His is just the usual 'libertarian' (AKA corporate interests) propaganda against government. Corporations want to be free from any legal obligations to freely exploit every one of us - as consumers and as workers. They are predators in pinstrips. The U.S. is rated towards the bottom of developed countries in terms of overall health care. The citizenry of Western Europe, Canada and Australia LOVE their single payer health care systems. They look at our system with horror. For Mackey to profess an organic "Whole food" philosophy while supporting the insurance company supported far right disinformation campaign against real health reform is hypocritical to the extreme. And he'll never get it, because he never did. It's good to see who he really is; and better to see the fraud behind the "Whole Food" facade. We will now shop every alternative to Whole Foods. 15 less less customers John! Way to go!
08/18/2009 2:25:41 PM CDT
S. Anderson says ...
I've been shopping at Whole foods exclusively since contracting a systemic Candida infection 3 months ago, but have now chosen not to continue to support your company. Hearing about and now reading your CEO's disappointing comments against the Democrats' efforts to introduce a Public Option to the health reform bill has upset me greatly. A public option would help the uninsured and underinsured currently suffering with little or no health care options in this country gain access to the basic health care so many of us now lack. Mr. Mackey your lack of compassion and greed reflects badly on your company and you have lost my business completely until there is a change of Management or you express a change of heart.
08/18/2009 2:31:28 PM CDT
J. Krupa says ...
Thank You, Mr. Mackey for having the courage to speak your mind on the farce of the proposed health care reform. In the USA, this freedom to speak one's mind is very valuable and one must not be intimidated into silence. So, if the uninformed "progressives" wish to no longer support the free enterprise system, that is their perogative, because I, and thousands of others will become new customers because of your stand. I just located on the internet the nearest store and will go tomorrow! Right on!!
08/18/2009 5:08:53 PM CDT
Maurice says ...
You will not miss my large annual purchase at my favorite store,however you do not represent my view of healthcare reform..I chose not to continue shopping at your store. I will lose some supporters for my blog but I accept the risk of that action.. The Real Truth behind HealthCare Reform: http://idj4u.ws/u/7479
08/18/2009 6:41:45 PM CDT
GRAY MANN says ...
Way to go Mr. Mackey, you certainly told the truth! In Obaqma's health care, the TRUTH HURTS! Thank you for being a brave honest citizen.
08/18/2009 6:53:29 PM CDT
Teresa says ...
I shop regularly at the Bellevue WA WMF... BUT you just lost me as a customer and a stock holder, all my business will now go to PCC Natural Markets and Trader Joe's.. bye bye. I Loved your store, but love my country and the people in it first!!! ... it's America, we have choices, and you just helped me choose NOT to shop at WMF ever again!!
08/18/2009 10:36:58 PM CDT
Kathryn Carswell says ...
I'm happy that Mr. Mackey doesn't have any health problems and can afford to treat any that might occur. Health is a beautiful thing. My son was diagnosed with Autism and severe digestive disorders at 19 months - I don't know why, I ate healthy, exercised regularly during pregnancy. Just bad luck I guess. And I understand folks who have good luck and good health not wanting to "pay" for those of us who have bad luck. I used to be like that! Today when I bring my son to his pre-school class and see other moms with their children in wheelchairs, I feel very blessed. And I wouldn't mind paying extra for health care to help those moms. Funny how life changes some of us. I think we'll purchase our organic food elsewhere.
08/19/2009 9:03:25 AM CDT
neal says ...
looks like im going to start shoping at whole foods market. Smart man, he knows how much more america would be with this "health care" crap. Lets knock this BS reform down then afte that inact the FAIRTAX. that would get america going in the right direction.
08/19/2009 9:50:43 AM CDT
RAY RADVILLAS says ...
THANK YOU JOHN MACKEY I'M IN FULL SUPPORT OF YOUR HEALTH CARE POLICIES AND WILL NOW START SHOPPING AT WHOLE FOOD MARKET IN-SPITE OF THE THRONGS OF LEFT WING EXTREMISTS I WILL HAVE TO ENDURE
08/19/2009 10:21:43 AM CDT

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