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Brian Boespflug says ...
I am deeply concerned that Mr. Mackey cares little about the citizens of America and a lot about how to squeeze those at the bottom of the economic scale. I don't hear complaints from the folks at Trader Joes? Remember, the Republicans are shopping at WalMart. You need customers like me and that won't happen with this kind of attitude.
01/17/2013 8:31:45 PM CST
jerry says ...
Tacky Mackey--I am done with Whole Foods. You are disgusting to actually believe that you created your business all by yourself with no help from the people, the government's liberal tax code, good roads, bridges, infrastructure all paid for by the people. Your insult to every one of your employees by saying that they don't deserve Obamacare or quality health care clearly defines who you are. Your board of directors needs to remove you from the position of CEO. You don't deserve that position. You have hate for your employees and your customers by believing that Obamacare is actually fascist. You sound like Limbaugh and Beck. I am done with your store!
01/17/2013 8:32:01 PM CST
Tom Vrba says ...
"Authoritarian" would be a better choice of words. THANK YOU for consistently standing up for a healthier form of capitalism.
01/17/2013 8:32:13 PM CST
Donna says ...
i have shopped at Whole Foods from the beginning however, If Whole Foods moves forward to hurt their employees by not maintaining good wages and paying for good health care, I will immediately stop shopping there. Whole Foods, also known as Whole Paycheck has inflated prices already, and is making great profits. Share the wealth with those that work for you which make the profit possible instead of being greedy and selfish. I am very disappointed in the attitude and concept from a firm that i believed was progressive and forward thinking. WOW... was I ever wrong.
01/17/2013 8:32:17 PM CST
jody says ...
Your CEO needs to consult a dictionary before flaming so publicly. I do not know if I want to patronize a business headed by such a poor thinking man. He should be ashamed.
01/17/2013 8:32:46 PM CST
Bev Ritz says ...
"John Mackey of Whole Foods is not the first CEO to publicly criticize Obamacare. Last fall, brand perceptions of Papa John's, Applebee's and Denny's took a beating after executives publicly said that Obamacare would force them to stop building restaurants, cut worker hours and raise prices." Another self-serving, whining billionaire. Mr. Mackey? It seems that you are following along the same path as Walmart--poor/low wages and treating company employees like second-class citizens. Why not adopt the Costco philosophy, which provides optimal working conditions for their employees (good wages & benefits) and Costco does not threaten the populace w/increased prices, all the while still making handsome profits! POSTED ON MY FACEBOOK, BLOGS & TWITTER!
01/17/2013 8:34:03 PM CST
Dr. James Hagman says ...
Mr. Mackey simply does not get the point. Free enterprise capitalism has been an outright failure for the health care of millions of employees, including those of Whole Foods. His notion is that as long as health care makes a profit, this is in line with his libertarian views of a health American system. Unfortunately, those at the lower end of the earning scale, including employees of Whole Foods, do not have access to quality health care that they cannot afford. Mr. Mackey's comments have done a great deal of damage to the image of Whole Foods as a 'healthy alternative' to other groceries. With great disappointment, I will withhold my shopping dollars from Whole Foods until Mr. Mackey goes. I will spend them at 'healthier alternatives' that value employees as much as the produce they are hawking.- J. Hagman, Ph.D.
01/17/2013 8:34:57 PM CST
Bev Ritz says ...
"John Mackey of Whole Foods is not the first CEO to publicly criticize Obamacare. Last fall, brand perceptions of Papa John's, Applebee's and Denny's took a beating after executives publicly said that Obamacare would force them to stop building restaurants, cut worker hours and raise prices." Another self-serving, whining billionaire. Mr. Mackey? It seems that you are following along the same path as Walmart--poor/low wages and treating company employees like second-class citizens. Why not adopt the Costco philosophy, which provides optimal working conditions for their employees (good wages & benefits) and Costco does not threaten the populace w/increased prices, all the while still making handsome profits! NO LONGER A CUSTOMER! POSTED ON FACEBOOK, BLOGS & TWITTER! Boston, MA
01/17/2013 8:36:53 PM CST
Diana Arlet says ...
I have been a Whole Foods customer for five years. My family spends over $275.00 a week there and much more on the holidays. All the employees in the store where I shop are wonderful, gentle people who deserve to work in a good environment, for a good wage. They also deserve heath care. Service employees are not paid a high wage. Yet, these people are "Whole Foods". They are very much the reason I shop Whole Foods. John Mackey - respect these people and our government who is looking out for lower income people, the people who make your company what it is, and just part with some of your profit to take care of your employees. Show you are respectful of the people who work for you and make you what you are, and stop saying things that diminish yourself and Whole Foods. This is the second time you have insulted the U.S. presidency, the government, the people who work for you, and me as a customer. I will take my grocery business to other health food stores if these flip and callous remarks happen again.
01/17/2013 8:36:58 PM CST
Sarah Bland says ...
You have no business throwing words like "fascism" around casually when it comes to fairly modest policy changes such as the ACA. I for one have heard enough inflammatory speech. It's time for everyone to take a breath and tone the rhetoric down. President Obama is not a Marxist, Socialist, or Fascist -- hell, he's not even much of a Liberal. For those of you who complain about the ACA -- do you know anyone who has died for lack of health insurance? I do. Do you know anyone who was "dumped" from a hospital without an operation for lack of health insurance? I do. These are people who have worked all their lives and because of illness at some point became "uninsurable." Hats off to our great free market system.
01/17/2013 8:37:09 PM CST
Dr. Guy McDonald says ...
John, I'm glad Bismarck, North Dakota, does not have a Whole Foods store or I would be starting a boycot. Bottom line, if wages at the low end, say 50,000 dollars increased at the same rate as those at the top end has risen, that 50 thous would now be wages of 300,000. I'm guessing upon reading your thoughts that you are doing everything you can to enhance further the gross income inequity in this country. Shameful that you know so little about economics but I'm guessing the public that had supported you will educate you in short time.
01/17/2013 8:37:28 PM CST
bill Thomas says ...
Conservatives invented Obamacare. The reason they gave was that the previous medical system forced (!) us to provide free medical care for those not responsible enough to cover themselves. Another word for that old system......the one you want to return to......is SOCIALISM.
01/17/2013 8:38:04 PM CST
Erroll Jacobson-Sive says ...
Please publish the facts on your health coverage; do you cover everyone?Regarding pursuing the Swiss system, which is the third most expensive in the industrialized world, as far as I read that is exactly what we are doing. We are not headed to single payer. I found Mr. Mackey's statement repulsive and his clarification worse in a way.
01/17/2013 8:38:42 PM CST
Thomas Geehan says ...
Been a loyal customer and share holder in WF but the comments from the CEO have really me made question my loyalty. I do agree that Switzerland has a good system but if I rember correctly the GOP just says no and does participate in democracy so how can it discuss and make logical improvements. Said CEO should stick to business and keep his political views to himself.
01/17/2013 8:39:09 PM CST
Jim Prager says ...
Goodbye Whole Foods! Obviously Mr. Mackey believes what he said in spite of his remarks to the contrary. Actually he didn't change his belief just his choice of words. I don't share his beliefs or his rather lame clarification of his poor choice of words.I can purchase the same products I've been buying at Whole Foods at a number of other stores and now I will do so!
01/17/2013 8:39:10 PM CST
Michael McQueary says ...
Perhaps Mr. Mackey needs to step down as CEO since his personal views conflict with the law. He obviously does not know what fascism is and does not care. I will reconsider shopping at Whole Foods till he does step down.
01/17/2013 8:39:57 PM CST
JelliDonut says ...
Mackey, your poor choice wasn't in your words but in your attitude toward your employees. In one fell swoop you managed to let them know how little they mean to you AND alienate a good number of your customers. I hope the Whole Foods shareholders aren't as angry about your words and you aren't put into a position to have to worry about affording health care for YOUR family. There's a Vitamin Cottage just around the corner from my house and an ever-growing number of independent grocers are also opening not that far from my neighborhood. You and Whole Foods have gotten too big for your britches. I'm betting the little guys will appreciate my money and my values a lot more than you do.
01/17/2013 8:41:33 PM CST
Ann Gutierrez says ...
I am already having to boycott a long list of corporate brands that are working against GMO ingredient disclosure...I am not sure where I will turn if I hear more reactionary comments from the Wholefoods corporate heads...My healthy food choices are as important to me as the health of every worker in this country...CEO Mackey needs to stop thinking about his bottom line or we won't be willing to contribute to it by shopping at WholeFoods...
01/17/2013 8:44:42 PM CST
Patrick Henry says ...
John Mackey, what you said was true, do not apologize for the truth. I'd be more likely to buy from your stores if you stand by your statement.
01/17/2013 8:44:47 PM CST
Susan Taylor says ...
The more I've read about Whole Foods, the worse it gets. Whole Foods is anti-union, it gets so called "organic" foods from unregulated countries, and does not ascribe to humane treatment of animals like they say they do. Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing! Am so sad. Whole Foods has been my only store for many years. I thought they were better than the average big corporation. I'm going elsewhere but first I'm going to investigate their practices. I don't want to support any more CEOs like Mackey.
01/17/2013 8:45:48 PM CST
Kyle says ...
I can't believe that a CEO of a company would make such a stupid statement. The majority of the country voted for Obama and his healthcare law. I think whole Foods needs to look at who shops there brand. In a study from the Wall Street Journal, majority of Whoile Foods Shoppers are Dems. Not smart! I will not shop there going forward.
01/17/2013 8:45:54 PM CST
Vicky Richey says ...
A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine mentioned on FB her frustration with not being able to find good fresh produce where she shops. I responded with three words - Shop Whole Foods. Now, after hearing the CEO's comments, I am discouraging everyone from shopping at Whole Foods. How sad to have a CEO who has completely let success go to his head. I will never shop at WF again. Fascism? Please!
01/17/2013 8:46:31 PM CST
Nancy M. says ...
I agree with the Leslie~ No need to apologize. You just gained another customer.
01/17/2013 8:47:11 PM CST
Margaret Doyle says ...
I have been a loyal and devoted customer for many years-I am also a devoted progressive who voted for Obama and subsequently, Obamacare. I was really disappointed to hear the remarks of your CEO...I am "quitting you"!
01/17/2013 8:47:40 PM CST
Charlie Pickett says ...
THANK YOU very much Mr. Mackey! It was very refreshing to hear you tell the truth about the Affordable Health Care Act on NPR this morning. The ACA is just another very expensive step on the road to serfdom. Let us live free!
01/17/2013 8:49:25 PM CST

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