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Sherry says ...
How hypocritical that these anti Whole Foods posters feel its OK to criticize John Mackey for his right to express his opinion but they can come on the store's website and tell him so? If you don't respect what his says, at least respect his right to do so. If you don't like what he says about healthcare then DON'T WORK FOR WHOLE FOODS because the last I heard, he wasn't the president, he can't change the way the government is run and he will probably bever have an effect on healthcare reform. He does have a say in WF's healthcare so if you don't agree, don't fill out an application.
09/03/2009 2:35:48 PM CDT
J. L. says ...
Thanks so much for giving your opinion and ideas. It was a very good article that you wrote.
09/03/2009 7:15:12 PM CDT
Mark Tatt says ...
I commend you for voicing your opinion but the mistake in doing so was going to a liberal opted newspaper such as the WSJ. Getting ostracized for this action is one of the first signs of where this country is heading. That direction is towards DICTATORSHIP when your right to freedom of speech puts you in harms way from the government. The people of this nation forget that the government is their employees and not control mongers as they've become. When an employee doesn't do the job they're let go and that they don't control the business at hand no matter what their position my be.
09/07/2009 8:09:27 AM CDT
Hildegunn says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I hope you read the feedback you get here, and continue engaging in the heath care debate with an open mind. The animosity that has erupted over this issue is astounding to me. I had heard people encouraging boycott of Whole Foods because of an article, and I am glad I stumbled upon this so I could read it. I appreciate your honest opinion and detailed explanation. I think this country needs honest debate and brainstorming like this. There are interesting points in the oped that describes what I think would be a good solution for the strong and healthy to try to stay that way. I can not see how it would work for the chronically ill. A savings account would not go far for a hemophiliac. A health insurance industry with no mandates would not want to take on a serious diabetic or cancer patient. I appreciate Mikes account of Canada. I can give similar testimony of the public health care in Norway. It is not true that treatment is rationed. My 80 year old aunt just had a knee replacement. As soon as she is healed enough, she will have a second one. It is true you wait for non urgent surgery, but so did my boss here in the US. And the wait is in months, not years. Hospitals and doctors have schedules. I have to schedule a physical at least 3-4 months in advance. Does that mean I am on a waiting list to get a physical? Offering tax deductible charitable gifts to the sick, will help the tax payer more than the sick. If you can afford to give gifts, you probably need the tax relief. I doubt if it will make much of a dent in the cost of treatment for an uninsured. How many cancer patients could you buy treatment for that way? I could not even give enough to cover one week of chemo. I am sure Mr. Mackey can afford more, but not enough to treat very many for very long. There are many powers at work here. Those who make a profit on heath care. Those who want to use this for political gain. And unfortunately, there is much ignorance. Too few Americans have a chance to travel to other countries and see how it is done elsewhere.
09/07/2009 10:10:14 PM CDT
Olivia Carambat says ...
I think we all agree that we could improve our health care system. MANY of us just don't want the government to be the one to fix it. I'm usually most at peace when those crooks are on vacation. I don't think we have to travel to other countries to see how it is done elsewhere. All you have to do is check out the Canada Free Press, or read the news in Britain! Those people are telling us DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. Mr. Mackey had some very good suggestions, and it is silly for people to boycott Whole Foods because of his opinion!
09/08/2009 4:22:02 PM CDT
Deano says ...
Thank you for speaking for the majority of Americans that do not approve of socialized medicine as the answer to our healthcare woes.
09/09/2009 2:42:08 PM CDT
Jacquie Davis says ...
I'm looking for my friend Sara's response to the health care reform blog. She is British, and is quite familiar with Maggie Thatcher. Or Margaret, as many people call her. I hope that Sara's comments have not been suppressed. I notice that the comments here are largely supportive. A few are not. I have a very strong feeling that this is because not all opinions and blog responses have been published. Another thing that I notice is that the people who agree with you, attack those who disagree as denigrating you. They support your right to your opinion, but seem to feel that the right of those who disagree should be censored. Clearly, free speech applies to all. To John Mackey. To Sara. To Julia25. To me. Whether or not we agree or disagree, whether or not we can write English well or not, we all have a right to our opinion. That IS the very nature of free speech. I'd also like to respond to the silly statement that union members do not shop at Whole Foods. How the heck would that person have a clue about that? Was there a poll? I am a member of the SEIU, Service Employees International Union. We are hard working American people whose union has protected us from nepotism, wage discrimination, random firing, assured us fair wages, included us in contract negotiations, helped us to get some measure of pension benefits, and it is to the union that my family and I owe our excellent health care benefits. Many, many Americans do not enjoy the level of health care benefits that I do. So I hope that you pull up Sara's comment. I'm sure that it's hiding there somewhere
09/09/2009 6:53:48 PM CDT
Mary says ...
Great article! Most people would think that the CEO of Whole Foods would have a very liberal view on health care reform. It is refreshing to hear an opinion that is shared by most Americans out there. Now I feel even better driving an hour to get to a Whole Foods!
09/20/2009 8:37:13 PM CDT
Frank Newsman says ...
Thank God for someone with an intelligent, frank observation of this so called "health care crisis". The antagonism caused by your article is further proof that reasonable people cannot negotiate with a dictatorial mentality often associated with socialism. God Bless you, Mr Mackey. I've never been to a tree hugging store like Whole Foods but I am going to search them out from here on and shop there every chance I get. Godspeed!
09/23/2009 3:54:23 PM CDT
lohn c. bivona says ...
Thank you for the well developed thoughtful op-ed piece.
10/03/2009 11:04:27 AM CDT
Alan Foster says ...
I appreciate your article and your common sense (which seems to be in short supply)! I shop your store in Los Gatos and your article will only cause me to increase my patronage!
10/10/2009 11:03:48 AM CDT
Candace Getschman says ...
Great post, Just wanted to add that i am not able to connect to your rss reader, you might want install certain wordpress plugin for that to workthat.
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