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Teri House says ...
Mr. Mackey has made a customer out of me!
08/20/2009 11:20:00 AM CDT
Steve Boyles says ...
Dear Mr. MacKey,8/18/2009 Forty six million Americans have no health insurance. That’s more than the populations of Texas, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado combined. I was really quite surprised to read your OP-ED in the Wall Street Journal. The only point I agree with is that we should never take on new debt without a means of paying for it, but I cannot help the thought that you are missing the point of the debate. The central point of the health care debate is not about how much each employer should pay, or even an appropriate percentage of profit for the HMO's. No, I would say the central point is that illness does not have any respect for employment and we need to move away from an employer-based system I worked for a large telecommunications firm for some years and I personally saw teams of highly qualified engineers laid-off solely because of shifts in the industry. Fortunately they were in Canada, so they may have lost their car, the big house, and their job... but they and their families could still have quality health care even if it was not the fastest and they had to share a room. Not so in our country. Once upon a time in America, business and employees had a relationship of respect toward one another, and this model made sense - no more. As you know, employers hire and fire depending on business trends or simply how they feel that day. Thanks to changes in the laws over the last 30 years, the employee can now determine their own retirement account--and take it with them when the plant closes or the managers drive the company into the ground (provided they didn't buy too much company stock). A cynic would say the only reason we have this system is so that the stock market has more to work with. Don't you think a citizen, your neighbor, needs to have just as much, if not more, health-care in times they are out of work? I'm asking you to think outside the box, something I know you can do, consider a world where the employer doesn't pay health insurance at all? Another conceptual point is this - there is no way to have a for profit health-care system without profiting from your neighbor's misfortune and pain. There are some other points of your letter that bear review: “Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.” This is really the Republican pipe dream isn’t it? Let's go back to the French Revolution or even earlier. What the people have demanded over the last 1,000 years is for the leaders of the society to be responsible for their actions. "We will not let you, even a doctor, main or kill the patient with no repercussions." A premature infant was born in a military hospital in Hawaii while I was there and the technician placed the baby on nitrogen instead of oxygen, the award was huge because that infant will need care for life. Are you proposing that the M.D. who cuts off the wrong leg or replaces the wrong hip would not be held responsible and would continue to practice? This theory says that the wealthy are not subject to the same penalties as the rest of us. The reason we have high malpractice insurance is because of medical mistakes and stripping the citizens of their right to sue in a court of law would not change this. "Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat." Could you be any more self-serving? You actually want to drive the national health care debate to your check-out counter? I can see Whole Foods bought the Wild Oats chain in 2007. I also visited the Whole Foods website and found this: “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Wasn't that the theme of the original Wild Oats employee letter in 1993? Do I understand this attempt at camaraderie was actually purchased from Wild Oats? Speaking of Wild Oats, let me get this straight - over an eight year period you fabricated almost 1400 blog entries under a phony name in order to drive down the value of Wild Oats stock, then you bought the company? Were these unrelated? I can see by the Wild Oat's financial records they were doing a pretty good job of financially ruining the company but I am surprised you spent so much of your life building bad karma, you could not just let it be? Finally Mr. Mackey, just about 50% of the country considers themselves Democrats and we voted for a Democratic President and a new view of health care. I live now in Santa Fe NM, which I'm sure you know and love, and I have grocery choices. If I did not know better I would get my groceries at Wild Oats instead of Whole Foods, but since you bought that, I will be getting my groceries at the Sunflower Farmer's Market owned by Mr. Gilliland. I have joined the Whole Boycott Facebook page and may very well picket your store tomorrow. If all the Democrats boycott your stores, and you either resign or the board lets you go, you too may be out here on the street with no health care. I hope if that happens, you too will come to appreciate health care that does not depend on employment. Sincerely, Steve Boyles
08/20/2009 2:48:53 PM CDT
Don Maddox says ...
Mr Mackey: You are 100% correct. Capitalism not Socialism has made the United States a great country with the highest standard of living in the World. The writers of the Constitution never intended for the government to interfere in free enterprise. It has failed miserably when it has tried. The free market needs to continue to run the healtcare system. Sincerely, Don Maddox
08/20/2009 9:15:10 PM CDT
Tricia says ...
Because of your stance on Obama's health care reform. I want you to know that I will be doing all my shopping at whole foods. Thanks for having the courage to stand up for what you believe. I don't want the gov't to dictate what kind of care I receive.
08/20/2009 9:16:54 PM CDT
BIT says ...
As a physician and proud American, I thank you for speaking freely and voicing your opinion. I just heard a democratic pundant on TV state "all physicians are in favor of a one payer health reform". I guarantee you that this would be a most inaccurate statement. It is truly frightening that free speech these days seem to only apply to those who agree wholeheartedly with all policies of the current administartation. Anyone who disagrees with them is demonized....how scary for America. In closing I will say that I enjoy being a Whole Foods customer, and now will make it a point to shop there more often. Thank you
08/20/2009 9:22:03 PM CDT
EM Thomas says ...
Mr. Mackey - hats off to you! Thank you for standing up for your beliefs showing responsibility and accountability. I am a Whole Food customer and I am proud to continue to shop there. You did the right thing Thank you. Elizabeth Thomas
08/20/2009 9:22:39 PM CDT
joe miranda says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey We're with you 100 %. We love Whole foods and love what your doing to help solve obama care. Don't give in no matter what the left tries to do to you. Sincerely Joe & Diane miranda Naples, Fl.
08/20/2009 9:26:06 PM CDT
Tony O says ...
Dear Mr Mackey, I spend hundreds of dollars at Whole foods every week and I will spend more than ever now that I hear the spinless slander directed towards you for doing what we value this great nation for. I pay dearly for my health insurance and I donate thousands each year with the intent of benefiting others. God bless you as you stand against the evil of the day. Tony O
08/20/2009 9:26:14 PM CDT
Irene M. Grant says ...
There is no Whole Foods store here in Abilene Texas but if there were I would certainly shop there as my main source. As it stands, I will do so whenever I'm in the Metroplex. Mr. Mackey, I salute you for speaking up. I am quite convinced that so many more people feel the way I do than there are the ones who are denouncing you. This country needs more people like you. We are living in a very dangerous time and we can't remain silent. Ultimately, there is no free lunch and the price we'd end up paying for Mr. Obama's plan is one we simply cannot afford in more ways than one. Irene M. Grant
08/20/2009 9:27:50 PM CDT
Janeen Schissler says ...
Mr. MacKey, I have only had the opportunity to shop in your store twice in the last year because your store is so far out of my way. Since you have taken such a courageous stand against this hideous healthcare bill I will gladly patronize your store for all my needs on a weekly basis. I will also encourage all family and friends to do likewise. Hopefully your actions will be a real boon for business. Thank you for your courage. Janeen Schissler
08/20/2009 9:35:28 PM CDT
Jasmine says ...
I support Mr. Mackey and he has rights to his opinion. It's insane for those individuals boycotting Mr. Mackey and Whole Foods because the idea that Obama cannot be neither be wrong nor criticized! As Americans we do have rights to contradict the government. I will continue to shop at whole foods.
08/21/2009 12:14:16 AM CDT
James P Cadell says ...
Mr. John Mackey, The media is attacking you for your honest words thru your company. Below is an email I sent out to the media, as well as, every person I know. ----------------------------------------------------- Subject: The Below Poll Results - SHOW MASSIVE LIES FROM BOTH THE PRESS AND OBAMA CONCERNING OBAMACARE Good Morning; I received the below email this morning regarding a Newsmax.com internet poll concerning Obama’s Healthcare Bill in Congress. NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC & CNN AND THE PRINT MEDIA TELL US CONSTANTLY THAT THERE ARE THOSE NASTY REPUBLICANS AND JUST A FEW CRAZIES THAT ARE SHOWING UP AT THESE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMEN’S TOWNHALL MEETINGS AND CAUSING ALL THE TROUBLE BY DARING TO DIS-AGREE WITH OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE BILL. BUT BOTH THE MEDIA AND OBAMA TELL US THAT THE “REAL GRASS ROOTS” LOVES OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE BILL. WHAT THE MEDIA SHOWS IS THE HUNDREDS OF HAND PICKED PEOPLE AND ASKING SCREENED QUESTIONS AT OBAMA’s HEALTHCARE TOWNHALLS. WHAT THEY SHOW FOR A FEW SECONDS OR NOT AT ALL ARE THE THOUSANDS THAT ARE STANDING OUTSIDE THESE OBAMACARE MEDIA EVENTS THAT COMPLETELY REPUDIATE OBAMACARE! WELL THE BELOW POLL SHOWS ALMOST 75% OF THOSE 105,324 POLL RESPONDENTS (GRASS ROOTS), WHO DO NOT WANT ANY PART OF OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE BILL, WHICH THE MEDIA WILL NEVER REPORT! WE HAVE RECENTLY LEARNED THAT THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE CAN NOT BE TRUSTED. BUT WE CAN NOW ADD THE MEDIA TO THE DO NOT TRUST LIST! BECAUSE IT IS CLEARLY APPARENT, THEY ARE JOINED AT THE HIP, WHEN IT COMES TO TELLING MASSIVE LIES TO GET WHAT THEY BOTH WANT! In 1961, Ronald Reagan joined the American Medical Association in opposing the Democratic Party's attempt to force socialized medicine on the American people. President Reagan's advice is just as relevant today as it was then. In part, he warned: "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. . . . Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it." - Ronald Reagan IF WE DO NOT TRUST A POLITICIAN WE CAN ALWAYS VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. BUT THE BIG QUESTION THAT IS ON MY MIND IS – HOW DO WE GET RID OF THESE MEDIA LIARS THAT DAILY TRY TO WARP OUR COUNTRY, WARP OUR MORALS AND WARP OUR DEMOCRACY. THE FOURTH ESTATE, AS THE PRESS LIKES TO CALL THEMSELVES, SEEMS TO BE ELITEST, BIASED, AND ROTTEN TO THE CORE, AND NEEDS A BLIZZARD OF PINK SLIPS, FOR THE COMMENTATORS, REPORTERS, EDITORS, MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES. Respectfully, James P. Cadell 7N185 Glen Road Medinah, IL 60157-9512 TEL: 630-351-5404 EXT: 2# Email: jcadell@m87.com From: Newsmax.com [mailto:newsmax@reply.newsmax.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:27 AM To: jcadell@m87.com Subject: Your Poll Results Enclosed Dear Friend, Recently you took an urgent online poll with NEWSMAX.COM. Please see the poll results — Go Here Now. (I have included the poll results below) You will also receive FREE daily e-mail alerts from NEWSMAX.COM. Sincerely, NEWSMAX.COM The link to the poll is: http://polls.newsmax.com/results/obama_health.html
08/21/2009 7:52:33 AM CDT
charles mcmahan says ...
i think what is being missed is that people think having health insurance will insure health. americans are uneducated when it come to healty lifestyle choices. chronic illness is the main problem in america. agra-biz has poisoned the food supply, vaccines have destroyed the health of our children, environmental pollution is the major factor in chronc illness. modern medicines answer to this is to hand out drugs. its no wonder americans are sick. i have to agree with mr. mackey on most of his points. if the government spends trillions on health care we will all be sicker and poorer. first the people need to take charge of the schools and demand that children be taught healty lifestyle choices. physical education must be a top priority in the schools. we must repeal laws that allow corporations to victimize americans. genetically modified foods must be outlawed. vaccines must be outlawed. factory farms must be held to strict standards or be outlawed. doctors must be retrained in the treatment of chronic conditions(most of which are caused by vaccines and poor diet). the bottom line is that america is a mess. obamacare equals no care and possible bankruptcy of the country. the whole health care debate must be re-thought. what is being proposed now is unacceptable. and finally the food and drug administration must be reformed or shut down. it is a criminal anti-health organization dedicatly soley to drug company profits. anyone wishing to see what a government run health care system would look like need only to look at the fda.
08/21/2009 1:13:09 PM CDT
Margery Oberheide says ...
I understand that John Mackey is a libertarian. That platform wants to eliminate many government positions which now control facets of our life. However in our reality, with high urban concentrations of population, ease of speedy travel to most locations, dispersement of farming, manufacturing, etc. we need government regulations and control of these activities to ensure the common good of the citizenry. That is the mantra for all regulation. That is the mantra for our justice system in which those actions which are harmful for our society are punished and forced to cease. That is the reason why we have police and prisons, etc. To benefit society, certain basic services are provided. The true libertarian would deem them socialistic. Public education which is mandated, police protections and services, fire protections and services, sewer services, water, etc. Even our utilities are under government regulations including our broadcast media. Our air travel and protections are under government regulations and control. Our military branches and suppliers to the military are under this classification, as is our government, local, state and federal. Medicare, medicaid, social security are socialist provisions if one is drawing the libertarian line in the sand. Which of the above should we give up? We do not provide fire service to those who pay for it and shun those who do not. All of the above are truly providing socialist services if we believe the libertarians and the far right conservatives. So, a public option for health care, and a single service health provider are not any more socialist in definition or reality than are the other above listed services. It is time for those afraid of the much derided term of public option to realize that it is not to be feared, but welcomed as a benefit that we will all embrace and utilize. And, for Mr. Mackey . . . who is a proponent of high deductible health insurance, I want to explain that most people, and by that I mean at least 85 per cent of the population cannot afford a high deductible policy. When medical care is needed, the cost will fall in the range of the high deductible range and most will avoid care to save themselves the burden and overload of debt required for that care. The ramifications of such denial which the insurance industry proposes (via high deductible) is that most sufferers will develop more serious illnesses that will devastate them and their resources and in some cases their entire families. Your viewpoint is well served for those in the rarified atmosphere of your corporations size and scope and of your personal wealth. For the rest of us, it is a failure.
08/21/2009 1:48:45 PM CDT
Donna Thompson says ...
I now plan to begin shopping at Whole Foods in the Dallas area, only to support John Mackey and his freedom of speech. You have made a new customer out of me.
08/21/2009 2:09:03 PM CDT
Steve Neblett says ...
Mr. Mackey, I appreciate the constructive thoughts you offered regarding this highly charged issue. I have not been a frequent customer of Whole Foods in the past (strictly a matter of convenience), but I will certainly go out of my way to patronize the chain as often as possible and effective immediately. Boycotts are a useless vehicle for expressing ones opinion and it angers me when ignorance is used as a weapon. This approach does nothing to further a cause; in fact, it only hurts hard-working Americans who may or may not share the organizers' views. Once again, thank you....not only for speaking up, but for also offering clear and concise suggestions that approach a difficult issue logically.
08/21/2009 4:41:30 PM CDT
Bonnie Trahan says ...
Mr Mackey, Please know that you are supported and the poeple who will be hurt by boycotting are the ones who are actually boycotting. Your ideas have a lot of merit. Keep up the good work. Bonnie Trahan
08/21/2009 9:35:44 PM CDT
Debbie Thompson says ...
Mr. Mackey: Isn't it sad that with this administration and their cronies ( it is what it is now looking like to me ) one seems to not be able to extend his 1st Amendment Right of just expressing ones point of view? I applaud you for being brave enough to voice your opinion and I am so sorry that you are receiving such criticism over this. I am a registered Democrat and have become so ASHAMED of the elected officials in Washington. I plan on doing my job at the voting booths in 2010 to hopefully remove some of those that has become so engulfed in creed and power and forgetting why they are where they are and who put them there! My BIGGEST weapon is prayer to my God that He will bring forth to you massive blessings. I keep a prayer journal and will pray for you and your company everyday. I will drive the extra mile to now shop more often at Whole Foods. Thank you for being the good American you are, as I have read about all the wonderful things you have done, and the many people you have helped. What has happened to some of the American people is so overwhelming; that educated people are so BLIND to what Washington and so many of the leaders are trying to do. I personally see the WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING! GOVERNMENT POWER is the ULTIMATE goal for the many liberals that reside in Washington today. One only has to read all the positive feedback from this incident to be proud of oneself for standing up and letting your voice and suggestions be heard. GOD BLESS YOU MR. MACKEY! Sincerely, Debbie Thompson
08/21/2009 9:56:12 PM CDT
Dan Pedersen says ...
Unfortunately, you do not have a store where I live. However, you have one in the town that I retired from and my son still lives. It is over 800 miles away from where we now live. We have been to your store in San Ramon, Ca. and it is always a treat. In fact we do not go to that area without visiting and buying products in that store. Now that I have read your article regarding the health care legislation in congress, we will visit Whole Foods stores and spend some of our meager retirees income, (no SSI) at every opportunity. Your products, philosophy, and employees are all excellent. You sir are a true American and I salute you and your employees.
08/21/2009 10:04:23 PM CDT
sheila miley says ...
Thank you for expressing your opinion on the health care issue, Mr. Mackey. It is refreshing, to say the least, that a successful businessman is not afraid to offer his views on probably the most important domestic issue in our lifetime. I am surprised that more business leaders are not speaking out, but in this politically correct environment, it takes courage and that seems to be in short supply. I have shopped in the Birmingham and Nashville stores every chance I can and I would love to see a store in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. For the record, I don't think the United States Constitution mandated public education and I'm pretty sure it didn't include sewer service and trash pickup.
08/21/2009 10:23:13 PM CDT
VINCENT SANTANGELO says ...
VERY FEW PEOPLE SAY WHAT IS ON THEIR MINDS ANYMORE. THANKS FOR BEING ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO SPEAK OUT WHEN OTHERS ARE AFRAID TO DO SO OR WHO DO NOT HAVE THE WORDS TO SPEAK.
08/21/2009 10:30:40 PM CDT
Elizabeth Bordeaux says ...
Bravo, Mr. Mackey. I love shopping at Whole Foods and will continue to do so. I would be proud to work for you.
08/22/2009 12:26:23 AM CDT
Kelly Lawson says ...
The nearest Whole Foods store is 40 miles away from my home, but I will make a special effort to shop there now, in support of John Mackey's courageous and thoughtful contribution to the discussion on nationalizing healthcare.
08/22/2009 9:29:59 AM CDT
fred l rhodes says ...
Dear Mr mackey A friend and I shopped at your store in Baton Rouge yesterday for the first for me she had been a shopper for years . I went to show my support for you on health care. Thank you for taking a stand I believe it will help you more than hurt you. I have ask my childern and grand childern to shop at your store.I will also contact my friends. I enjoyed your store very much the help was very helpful . we had lunch which was very good and reasonable . I will be back. I do not agree that we need health care reform as the democrats have in the over 1000 page bill. Get the uninsured insurance.Reform tort reform.The doctors do not support this bill very few belong to the AMA.I do not want the goverment in my health care. Fred L Rhodes
08/22/2009 1:47:41 PM CDT
Elena Mayberry says ...
I want to commend Mr. Mackey for using his First Amendment rights. I am so impressed that he publicly stated his "controversial position that I am an anti-boycott customer. Actually, I plan to spend more of my food $$$ at Whole Foods than I have in the past.
08/22/2009 3:25:21 PM CDT

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