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Bill McBride says ...
I'll buy two of everything now to make up for the boycotters.
01/17/2013 3:32:28 PM CST
K O'Sullivan says ...
John; you have lost me as a customer. I am sure the Mackey family have first rate coverage on the backs of the Whole Foods Workers. We have plenty of choices for fresh food in our area, and we do not have to support a corporate bully like you John Mackey!!
01/17/2013 3:34:30 PM CST
Sandra says ...
I saw the interview on CBS today. I'm sorry to say that I do not believe Mr. Mackey's remarks were simply "a poor choice of words". I believe he meant every word and is trying to cover his behind and the damage he did to his company's reputation for promoting health. I also believe he is an enemy of the current administration and has joined the radical right wing that is determined to be obstructionist!!.Unfortunate.
01/17/2013 3:38:21 PM CST
JACK CRAWFORD says ...
You said it right the first time. Don't be afraid of other people's feelings.
01/17/2013 3:38:48 PM CST
Mony says ...
I disagree with John Mackey but I understand we all have different ideas on healthcare. So the debate continues. That said, I will still be shopping at Whole Foods since Mr. Mackey's views does not change the contents carried in the stores. I just hope Mr. Mackey will have a change of heart further down the road. Our current healthcare system is truly broken and while Obamacare is by no means perfect, it is a step in the right direction.
01/17/2013 3:39:11 PM CST
Rick C. says ...
I have been a very regular customer at Whole Foods and after listening to the John's interview and hearing his point of view I will be shopping even more at WF than before. He is absolutely correct in that this is a program that is being shoved down our throats and that instead of this there should be a national group insurance program that individuals can participate in who don't get insurance through an employer. Instead, these individual premiums are so high that it prevents many people from being able to afford insurance. If there was some sort of national group insurance available through the provate sector, many more people could afford insurance. I also feel that again there seems to be a failure to focus on one of the primary problems with health care and that deals with the liability that doctors and hospitals must account for. If this was addressed I think our overall cost of healthcare could be greatly reduced. But of course, this group of attorneys are in favor of the status quo and we know who they primarily support.
01/17/2013 3:39:57 PM CST
J Webb says ...
All of you bleeding libs need to understand that Obama Care is not free. Someone is paying for it. Healthcare represents over 20 percent of our GDP. As an American you have no "Right" to free healthcare. We will now necessarily will see a drop in the overall quality of care. There are unintended consequences of the government trying to take from private enterprise. John Mackey is right on target. If you don't have a brain or desire to understand where he is coming from then don't vote. Keep in mind, McDonald's got an exemption on the healthcare requirements for business. You should be asking yourself "why?" instead of boycotting a business that is run for profit. Oh and by the way, his comments make me want to support the store even more.
01/17/2013 3:40:18 PM CST
Mike Weisberg says ...
The definition of fascism is corporate control of the government. The pre-Obama care status quo is insurance industry control of health care. Obamacare is a slight improvement. Please consider me a former customer. My family will never shop at Whole Foods again, thanks to the asinine comments p of your CEO.
01/17/2013 3:40:45 PM CST
jodie says ...
I am totally disgusted by your constant derision of the policies of the President. Calling his policies socialist and fascist make you should like a backwoods tea billy. The AFCA is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction for millions of people who don't have access to health insurance. Wealthy people like you, who don't even need health insurance because you can afford to pay for procedures out of your pocket, don't get it. There are millions of americans that have preexisting conditions and can't even get health insurance at any cost, and the AFCA helps these people get insurance. You need to evaluate your positions before speaking, consider others who are less fortunate than you and realize that your riches are gained by the very people you deride. I will never shop at your store again.
01/17/2013 3:41:35 PM CST
Janet Goodwin says ...
I'll no longer be supporting this company. I'm only interested in companies that value community higher than free market ideology; companies that are passionate about the values behind their products and who are not just "flogging stuff". I have doubts.
01/17/2013 3:43:29 PM CST
Peg McGlinch says ...
This doesn't begin to apologize adequately for the breathtakingly ignorant and offensive comparison of a domestic policy disagreement to fascism. I get that Mackey walked back that comment after he got rightly flamed for it. But his walkback makes it clear that he still doesn't understand what fascism is or why people found the comparison so incredibly insensitive and ill-informed. Frankly, I don't really care about his position on healthcare policy, but I do care that his comparison is an insult to Holocaust survivors, World War II vets, and everybody else who has been harmed by ACTUAL fascist governments. What they encountered bears NO RESEMBLANCE to any domestic policy, regardless of how much money it costs Mackey. I actually would have been interested to hear a constructive account of the reasons why he opposes the bill, but not if he has to resort to these ridiculous extremes. As a consumer, I could hardly be more offended. WF has been my primary grocery store for years--I spent $150 there just Monday, the day before this whole issue arose. I will miss WF--I loved shopping there. But I spend so much on groceries over the course of a year that I cannot in good conscience continue to supply that money to your company. Goodbye.
01/17/2013 3:46:00 PM CST
M. Bell says ...
Mr Mackey, I have decided that CEO greed ahead of employee welfare is the policy of a company with whom I choose to no longer deal with. Equating Obama to facis will be, I hope, a grave wound to your business. Your apology strikes me as business based and insincere. Goodbye. M. Bell St Augustine, FL(Jacksonville store)
01/17/2013 3:46:31 PM CST
R T Whitfield says ...
We have 2 new stores opening in Knoxville soon. I will not spend one penny in either of them. I have shopped at Whole Foods in Austin TX and I was looking forward to having one in this area. I will not, can not shop in a Whole Food store again, especially since Costco opened here recently. R T Whitfield nsbrit@att.net
01/17/2013 3:51:58 PM CST
Larry Schmeiser says ...
You just lost one more loyal customer. I have to go out of my way to get to Vitamin Cottage, but I will be doing that from now on. Just the way the free market works, I guess.
01/17/2013 3:52:16 PM CST
Kay says ...
Your comments are insincere at best. The free market has made a mess of health care. The government intervenes to help people who cannot afford private insurance. Apology not accepted. Please consider resigning to help your company regain its respect with customers.
01/17/2013 3:52:20 PM CST
Vaughn says ...
No need to further explain your views. You are an individual and are certainly entitled to any opinion you wish. The people who are threatening to boycott are full of it. Further, these people are a vocal fringe minority. I LOVE your store, and your products, and will buy 3 times as much now to make up for anyone boycotting!
01/17/2013 3:53:27 PM CST
ALLMOND WILLIAMS says ...
Dear Sir; I would buy your point of view if the insurance companies didn't do like you do look at the bottom line. THIS means people won't matter if there is no profit margin. So don't be so elitist saying that capitalism is the best way when it comes to Health you can't put a profit line to it. The Human body is not like stocking shelves in a grocery store.
01/17/2013 3:58:36 PM CST
Lisa says ...
I find your clarification insincere and intellectually dishonest. As CEO, an author and a man of your experience and intellect, your word choice reflects your familiarity with the language and belies your authentic feeling on the matter. I will take my shopping dollars to my local market and their improving organic lines.
01/17/2013 3:59:00 PM CST
Linda says ...
Don't use the new health care system as a scapegoat to not offer your employees valuable benefits. Whole Foods has the money. You buy a few items and the bill is over $100. Used to shop at Whole Foods but will shop elsewhere until further notice. Whole Foods should be at a higher standard because your entire marketing efforts are based on being Sustainable, taking care of farmers which should include taking care of your valuable employees. And with your logic, the Veterans Health care system should be abolished as this is government controlled! One last thing we have had "free capitalist" health care and what has happened? There has NOT been any new innovations. In fact the past decade most bankruptcies occurred because of health care costs by insurance companies. And how about all the people who suffered being kicked off health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Do you call this innovation?
01/17/2013 3:59:29 PM CST
Mike C. says ...
I have a pre-existing condition so this issue is very personal to me. Ironically, I did all of my shopping at a Whole Foods that was just a block from my house as I was recovering from a major lung surgery. I find your CEOs comments to be tone deaf and most likely contrary to the beliefs of a good portion of the WF customer base. I'll be exercising my free market rights and taking my business elsewhere from now on. I'm disappointed in WF and expected more.
01/17/2013 4:02:58 PM CST
Teri Gatto says ...
Good attempt at crisis management. But I think you said exactly what you meant. And henceforth will shop elsewhere. T. Gatto
01/17/2013 4:03:06 PM CST
Kimberley Edwards says ...
Mr. Mackey, I spend a lot of money in your Glendale CA store. To be honest, it's rather difficult to shop in one of your stores WITHOUT spending a lot of money, but I appreciate the quality and selection you offer, and being able to maintain my health while having as little involvement as humanly possible with our bankrupting for-profit health insurance industry is of paramount importance to me. I must let you know that it deeply disturbs me that when spending this money I’m putting it in the pocket of someone whose values, and, it must be assumed, political activities and contributions are so far from my own. Regardless of your rationalization in the form of an apology, it’s quite obvious that your use of the word "fascism" in regards to the current administration’s attempt to address the excesses of the for-profit health insurance industry was intended as a swipe at the popularly elected president who I'm guessing a majority of your customers, like the majority of Americans overall, support. The use of such inflammatory rhetoric is highly toxic to our already tainted national dialog, which is as divided and hateful as at any time in our history at least since the Civil War. The for-profit, free-market so-called "health care" system that we're burdened with in this country is a price gouging, care-denying, poverty-inducing racket of the first order. This country is THIRTY SEVENTH in health care. Every other western industrialized nation does a far superior job in taking care of their citizen's health care needs that our country does, as evidenced in terms of such things as life expectancy and infant mortality. There is no excuse for people in the wealthiest nation on earth to die from lack of insurance coverage, but they do. Middle class people who have insurance coverage nevertheless go bankrupt, lose their homes, because of the unbelievable financial burdens they face when serious illness or injury strikes. This is morally inexcusable and completely unjustifiable, especially in light of the fact that we can look to at least 36 other countries for some indication of how we might improve our system. This insistence upon free market ideology as a cure all for all that ails us is nothing but a massive blind spot that holds this nation back from providing a level of health security that the citizens of any civilized nation should be able to count upon as their birthright. This situation is no longer tolerable to the majority of Americans. The free-market insurance system may have financed a successful enough scare campaign to keep us from getting as much reform as we needed, but for-profit health care has miserably failed in America, and the majority of Americans, including your customers, know it. When you toss around words like "fascist," you add to the disgusting level of the political divide in this nation, you insult the president that the majority of Americans support, and you insult many of your customers who pay the inflated prices in your stores in an attempt to maintain their health at the highest level possible since most of them couldn't afford to get sick even if they do have insurance. Sincerely, Kimberley Edwards, Los Angeles CA
01/17/2013 4:07:46 PM CST
Marina says ...
US has been having a free enterprise capitalist health care for profit for a while now. It got to the point that seeing a doctor is a luxury less and less people can afford. Costs have been going through the roof and accessibility and quality for an average person has gone down. Do you honestly think we'd be better off in the future to have it all 100% run by greedy private insurance co.???? Really???
01/17/2013 4:09:40 PM CST
Debbie Wasserman says ...
You sound very much like a wealthy 1%'er, almost Tea Party in making Fox like comments regarding the health care reform. Have you even studied costs of "free enterprise" health care vs regulated? Contrasted costs now here vs other countries? All new programs have their struggles in the beginning. The saying about worrying about my children & grandchildren is trotted out so regularly I have to believe it's a Fox mantra. Used to shop all the time WF. Never again, really tired of the disrespect & lies. My other relatives too-poof! Gone.
01/17/2013 4:11:56 PM CST
Brian says ...
Sorry, too little too late. It is those John Mackey type freudian slips that expose the true measure of a person. This CEO's values and positions reflect those of the whole organization. I will no longer shop at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 4:13:50 PM CST

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