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Steve Pyle says ...
Comparing healthcare to owning a personal computer?! I can live and prosper without the computer. I have seen so many lives ruined because of our system. You speak like so many who never walk in anothers shoes. I'll have a hard time stepping your store again.
08/19/2009 10:39:06 AM CDT
mary moran says ...
Dear John Mackey, I have been a client of Whole Foods in both Boston and London for many years, but it was only after I read your article on health care that I finally appreciated your work, your inspiration, your effort and your courage. In this politically-correct sorta-free American time, it is untrendy to suggst that people should be responsible for themselves, not only through diet, keeping slim and working for their own food, shelter and health care, but it is theoretical suicide to suggest that the human spirit thrives on nothing less. Having lived in largely socialist England for many years, I have seen how people despise one another, envy anyone who gets ahead of the crowd and generally has an equally low opinion of themselves and of their ability to navigate the world without massive handouts from government. I saw that there are two kinds of freedom: 1. FREEDOM TO discover and go after your dream and your potential - which implies being self-responsible at every level; this is the freedom our Constitution advocates when it guarantees the pursuit of happiness, it does not guarantee happiness, food, shelter, health care and so on; and then there is: 2. FREEDOM FROM the work, courage and effort to take care of oneself and ones loved ones. Freedom From hunger, homelessness, disease, having to pay for your own subway rides and so on. If it werent for Americans and others like you, who advocate FREEDOM TO there would be no wealth for any government to grab and redistribute in the first place. Governments create no wealth, they can only grab it from those who do and redistribute it according to their lights, lobbies, power-hungry habits. GOOD ON YA! John Mackey and I and my friends will be shopping more than every at Whole Foods.
08/19/2009 3:41:41 PM CDT
Pete Mitchell says ...
As a member of the Whole Foods family, being an exculisve product of Whole Foods, we are proud, here at Indian Wells Brewing Company, of you and your intelligent way of presenting alternatives to this health insurance issue.
08/19/2009 4:04:25 PM CDT
Bob Smith says ...
It's going to difficult. I'm really going to miss my Whole Food's fix. Maybe the birthers, deathers, and FEMA-concentration camp enthusiasts will replace my demographic. The country these people think they're going to be taking back is permanently in the rear view mirror.
08/19/2009 4:53:35 PM CDT
Melissa Coreman says ...
Your appalling position on health care has just lost you further customers. Apparently, you only care about good health for the wealthy, like you. It's sad that someone so ruch can be so greedy and inhumane as to try to persuade people that your completely self-interested position is for the greater good. Shame on you!
08/19/2009 4:58:34 PM CDT
Jonathan Luhmann says ...
Thank you Mr. Mackey for your honesty about health care! I am a conservative that shops at your 2 stores in St. Louis and it's good to know that the CEO has some common sense even if some of his customers don't. Keep telling it like it is!
08/19/2009 5:34:34 PM CDT
Anna F. Louise says ...
I totally agree with you Mr. Mackey, as to your comments regarding the healthcare topic. I have MANY friends who also agree. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. If those who do not agree wish to shop somewhere else, so be it. They will be hard pressed to find another WHOLE FOODS! I plan to continue shopping for my family and now plan to buy gift cards for friends at Christmas in order to show my support. I am also pleased see someone in your position not afraid to speak their mind. Three cheers for you and Thank you!
08/19/2009 5:47:32 PM CDT
John Burk says ...
John, Your article offering 8 steps to improve healthcare was brilliant. Your well thoughout ideas and comments echo the thoughts of many. I carefully clipped it out of the WSJ to show to others and to remind myself of the ideas expressed in it. Thanks. Dr. J Burke
08/19/2009 6:07:10 PM CDT
K Leap says ...
**I am reposting here; I somehow posted to an earlier blog entry about a different subject** August 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm Kudos to you, Mr. Mackey! I just read your healthcare comments online. Thank you for standing behind those beliefs. As a result, I have purchased a gift card in support of your (our) first ammendment rights and to thank you for stepping up to the plate. Oh, and for the previous posted comment lauding the British system: I spoke with a very good friend last night who is a breast surgeon in Calif. She mentioned one of her new patients–a 43 British woman with breast cancer. Seems she has an 11 month wait in Britain–wonder why the system over there doesn’t seem to be working as well for her? Peace. **Note: When I tried to post to AOL regarding my position on this topic, it "disappeared" and was never posted...
08/19/2009 6:15:39 PM CDT
amy riley says ...
Mr. mackey you as an American are entitled to voice your point of view. Do not let mean spirited closed mined individuals take that from you. I love your store there is nothing like it anywhere. Those who say they will shop elsewhere. I have this to say: Enjoy superwalmart they sell organic, and ask their employees how they like their company paid health plan. Thats if they are lucky to have one as generous as yours.
08/19/2009 6:44:23 PM CDT
Roberta B. Rodgers says ...
I cannot believe how the bleeding heart liberals who are supposed to be so compassionate are attacking this man for his ideas. If you don't believe the way they do or give them what they want they act like a bunch of tantrum throwing children. I appreciate Mr. Mackie for speaking out and if I had one of his stores near me I would certainly shop there.
08/19/2009 9:39:54 PM CDT
Julie says ...
Mr. Mackie DO NOT WITHDRAW YOUR COMMENTS or lower yourself to this intimidation you are undergoing by the so called 18,000.00 "bloggers" on FaceBook regarding your stand on the Health Care Bill. I am a Republican and feel we do need Health Care Reform but I do not go along with the President's bill. That said and what you have said should not "target" either of us. Your stand makes me want to "shop" at your store more than ever.
08/19/2009 9:49:24 PM CDT
Charlie Stoltz says ...
Mr. Mackey I agree with your position on the health care issue. I can't understand where all the doctors will come from to serve these 47 million people without health care. How do you spell r-a-t-i-o-n? I know your store has nothing to do with your opnion on health care but I intend to start shopping there. I don't know why the far left wants to hurt the employees of Whole Foods.
08/19/2009 10:07:44 PM CDT
Linda Gualandi says ...
Sir, I too admire your courage and intelligence. I'm sure that with the kind of business you are running and the amount of knowledge you have about health, you more than deserve your opinion on the health plan. I am 30 miles from the closest store, but now since hearing this silly boycott going on, I WILL BE GOING 30 MILES TO SHOP AT YOUR STORE IN NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS. YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN!
08/19/2009 10:13:03 PM CDT
John D. Schulz says ...
My wife has been trying to get me to stop shopping at Whole Foods. You, sir, have convinced me that she is correct. You will have one less customer because of your backward positions on health care as stated here and in the WSJ. Please enter the 21st Century, sir. John D. Schulz Bethesda, Maryland 20814 301-530-6656
08/19/2009 10:43:20 PM CDT
Mr. David Mickel says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey After reading your article in the WSJ 8/12/09, I applaud your common sense proposals. I also believe that effective health care reform need not break the bank. The eight steps outlined in your article shows a well thought out approach to problems that do not neccessarily need trillions to solve. I believe these ideas bring great credit on yourself, and the Whole Food organization. Please, consider a store in southern Delaware, I'll be first in line. Sincerly, DWM
08/19/2009 10:50:06 PM CDT
Maria M. says ...
Based on this rediculous boycott, I'm going to do all my shopping at whole Foods!!
08/19/2009 10:56:52 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
People need to actually read the positive works that John Mackey has done for his employees and also for Charity. They also need to read the HR 2300 bill before they throw there opinions around.
08/19/2009 11:05:15 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
People need to actually read the positive works that John Mackey has done for his employees and also for Charity. They also need to read the HR 3200 bill before they throw there opinions around.
08/19/2009 11:07:12 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
To all those who are boycotting Whole Foods, You need to actually read the positive works that John Mackey has done for his employees and also for Charity. They also need to read the HR 3200 bill before they throw there opinions around.
08/19/2009 11:09:03 PM CDT
Greg says ...
I shopped many times at Whole paycheck foods many times mainly because I like quality,as do most people. However I will be one of many people who find elsewhere.Whole Foods is a place meant for wealthy yuppie clientel anyways. So Mr CEO didn't expect such a reaction?The so called health sucking industry has nothing to do with anything?While diet always plays an important role in one's health,one would not argue that the fire truck should determine when and when not to send their rescue since many calls end up as fire alarms and the cast majority of fires that do happen could have been prevented.So if your infant chokes to death or has a life threatening illness,wouldn't it be fair to say he/she should not be treated if only you yuppie parents actually just watched over your children? I have made sure to spread word of mouth and many people who shop regularly at whole foods are boycotting the store and will continue to.
08/19/2009 11:57:31 PM CDT
eric kolenk says ...
Thank you Mr Mackey.My wife and I live in a location with no Whole Foods,sadly enough.When ever we go to the Chicago area we make a bee line to your stores.One point that is never made about govt. controlled healthcare is the fact that the person is taken out of the equasion.Would you want to eat govt.food,drive a govt.car or live in a govt.house.Not me! Thank you for presenting a great idea.I liked the part about the IRS tax donation,what a novel idea...
08/20/2009 8:26:52 AM CDT
Paula Nachman says ...
Don't listen to this boycott nonsense. Even if I didn't agree with you, you have a RIGHT to your own opinion. These people are the modern version of the schoolyard bully and cowards to boot. There are more people who feel like me, and WE HAVE MORE MONEY TO SPEND THAN THEY DO! Now I'm going to get in my car, drive to the other side of town (are there any plans to open a store in Chesterfield, VA?)to Glen Allen and shop at your store JUST TO SPITE THEM! Stand firm!
08/20/2009 9:00:52 AM CDT
Damon says ...
I have no illusions that Mr. Mackey will not disregard my comments. However, I think the beginning of his peace with a quote from Thatcher in regard to socialism is telling. Here we see the worst kind of name-slinging that has colored this entire debate. Instead of discussing the health care proposals in a holistic fashion-- that issues of public health, economic stability, and even social justice are involved in this debate escapes the grasp of such conservatives. Instead of a deep and considered response to a truly important issue we get a narrow myopia of capitalism vs. socialism. As if the entirety of the E.U. and Canada are the new Soviet Union because they already have the health care system that we are told to fear. Are Canadians seeking asylum by the thousands in the US, fleeing from the repressive socialism under which they suffer (though we do see senior citizens taking day-trips from the US to Canada to get medicines)? What we have here is a failure to communicate. The same reason we were given by Nixon that we could not have a public option is the same reason Mackey would dredge up now-- the Red Scare! Oh, please! The sad thing is that many still fall for it. I for one will now go to the co-op rather than Whole Foods-- the freedom of Capital, right!
08/20/2009 9:16:16 AM CDT
Joan Hendren says ...
Mr. Mackey, I respect and admire you for submitting suggestions for the future of our health care system. That is more than alot of Democrats or Republicans have done. Free speech is a right that is even more important than a Health Care Bill. Many people are trying to punish you for your views and suggestions and shut your right to free speech down. Please know that there are many, many more people who share your beliefs and, more importantly your right to say them. I will continue to shop at your wonderful stores. Thank you for all that you do for our country.
08/20/2009 10:14:26 AM CDT

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