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Brenda Barkushky says ...
It is tough to register the extent of my voltage of resentment I feel. My relatives were gassed under fascism. My parents were exploited by companies which refused to pay their healthcare yet off their sweaty labor had great insurance policies for their families. The Whole Foods prices ensure a huge profit. They can afford it. And why is it that Republicans always castigate and disrespect a Democratic President, while others show decency at least when their idiotic choices are in office? WE now have choices here and we shall shop elsewhere. Mackey's treating me like an idiot when he thinks the use of another word will blunt or fool me into thinking that gives a damn about his workers. I hope his family enjoy great health and no doubt great insurance coverage ...just in case.
01/17/2013 9:38:19 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
I sold individual and group health insurance for 21 years. The so called free market system meant that some of my clients couldn't get health insurance and some saw their premiums go up when an employee had a large claim. That was just how it "worked." By having everyone pay for health insurance as the new law requires, the risk is spread out over a larger pool. I have shopped at WF for several years, but I will not be going there anymore. There are plenty of other places to shop.
01/17/2013 9:38:40 PM CST
Celia Abbott says ...
While i read your statement, I still believe you meant what you said the first time. You see your employees as serfs to secure your personal fortune. So why pay a decent wage or provide health care. If one dies there is always someone else to hire. I will not be shopping at your stores anymore.
01/17/2013 9:38:51 PM CST
Richard Host says ...
Bad choice indeed....bad choice of CEO. I will never understand why a CEO, or other executives in the corporate world feel the need to spread their religious and political views through their business. You're not politicians, you're not preachers.....just sell your goods and services. Anything more is just bad for business. We really don't care. I personally keep a list of businesses that try to push their views on me in my wallet. It's a reminder of where to shop, and where not to. I have many choices...
01/17/2013 9:39:51 PM CST
Basil Hamdan says ...
After listening to Mr. mackey's interview today, I will never shop at Whole Foods, and will do my best to urge my friends and family not to shop at that store in order to prevent the sheer greed, arrogance, lack of compassion and selfishness of this owner from benefiting from me or from anyone else. He cares little about his "team members" and has a flawed and distorted view of reality.
01/17/2013 9:42:48 PM CST
B Knep says ...
Your comment is wrong "There is an alternative to mandated health care in free enterprise capitalism based on voluntary exchange for mutual gain. This alternative allows individuals and businesses to innovate and develop customized solutions to health care where a “one size fits all approach” fails" You may want it to work that way but over the last 40 years all the alternative free market solutions have done is deny healthcare to cancer patients for pre-existing conditions, caused millions to not be able to have any healthcare because their employers like you refuse to pay a living wage or have any benefits.Doctors do double testing because there is no tort reform and run the costs way up. Medication companies overcharge for medicines because they can so people can't afford them without insurance. Now insurance is outrageously denying people or claims. Unfortunately, healthcare is going the way of poverty handled by free enterprise which allows people to walk the streets with suitcases, beg on street corners and sleep in tent cities. What are you hoping for tent clinics for the poor? Will your company sponsor them? No You don't even want your employees to have healthcare. But I bet you have healthcare. Millions of people in this country don't. Millions and that is what free market has accomplished in 40 years. . .
01/17/2013 9:44:35 PM CST
heath nash says ...
God, why do I shop at your stores? You desperately need a new CEO with good judgment. What is your board of directors thinking? This guy's ego and mouth are turning away customers like me. Bad business.
01/17/2013 9:46:37 PM CST
Antonio Fernandez says ...
We're in the health care mess that we are in because of private enterprise's aim: to make money for stockholders. Highest costs, poorer outcomes.
01/17/2013 9:47:29 PM CST
Kay Faupel says ...
Read your Co-CEO's clarification, I was incensed by his statements. CEO's from other companies have found stepping into the political arena bad for business.
01/17/2013 9:47:46 PM CST
Nancy B says ...
After listening to Mr. Mackey describe government health care as fascist, I will not be shopping at Whole Foods any longer. I went at least once a week for the past 10 years. I will now go out of my way to find an alternative. Mr. Mackey seems very out of touch with the needs of Americans who can't afford private health care. Saying health care for all citizens is fascist was a deliberate word choice. I was listening to the interview. The leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States is extraordinary medical bills.
01/17/2013 9:49:14 PM CST
Thomas R. Forno says ...
Mr. Mackey, I have not yet read your book, but I look forward to hearing what you have to say. I would say though that most capitalists do not care whether employees have adequate health insurance. I would also say that I do not want health insurance decisions made by those whose renumeration is based on how much money they make for their employer, in other words, by capitalists. I would rather those decisions be left to impartial government BUREAUCRATS. Our health care system is in free-fall. The citizens of almost all major industrial countries in the world, probably including Switzerland, receive better health care, for less money, than that available to Americans.
01/17/2013 9:50:31 PM CST
Mario says ...
I've shopped at our local Whole Foods to the tune of $100 a week for years. Never again. Mr. Mackey can waffle and talk about his precious "team" all he wants. Anything for a buck I guess.
01/17/2013 9:50:37 PM CST
Kelly Haner says ...
I fully appreciate a business person who tries to support his employees in the best possible way. Many businesses find themselves in this position now, moving to a larger part-time employee base. Basic economics drives this with the new regulations in place. It's a perfectly fine wish to want to provide for everyone, but at the end of the day, if businesses can't make money they go out of business...which leaves far more people without jobs, much less healthcare options.
01/17/2013 9:52:35 PM CST
dansherman says ...
Whole Foods is now sullied with comments from a CEO that likes to use negative labels. I feel like stuff costs enough there that the employees would be offered health care. Whole Foods is off my list for shopping until there is a leader for a CEO rather than the present ill spoken Mackey. The health care system is more about profit than human well being. Free enterprise must have a conscience...not more drivel about conscious capitalism. Whole Foods FAIL. I really won't feel right about shopping there.
01/17/2013 9:54:11 PM CST
Ed from Jersey says ...
I shop at Whole Foods not because I care about their political views but because of the quality of the food. That said, I think I pay enough for their food that a portion of it should benefit the employees by providing them with health care. Why is it that CEO's think they deserve their million dollar salaries, fat bonuses, and fat stock options, but the lowest people on their totem pole don't deserve the most basic human element? CEO's need to factor in the human element into their business model.
01/17/2013 9:54:56 PM CST
Mike says ...
You don't get it, John. It's NOT the word. It's what you meant by it. Every time you open your mouth you belittle and belie the very mission and values statement on this website. I don't need you and your company. Today, I have too many good alternatives.
01/17/2013 9:54:59 PM CST
emdoyle says ...
Do you provide healthcare for your employees? Or are they forced to find something for themselves like so many other big companies? You say you support universal health care - we all do, including the President. But when CEOs don't try to lead the way on an issue such as this, and, instead, sit back passively and then criticize the outcome, that's just ridiculous. You think of yourself as a job creator, but if you don't offer health insurance, you're only doing half of what is needed and relying on the government to pick up the slack. Good work.
01/17/2013 9:55:08 PM CST
Peter Dwyer says ...
I am your target demographic. Upper middle class with disposable income middle aged and not just shopping for a deal. I follow the whole food movement and eat organic. I will not shop at any of your locations again while Mackey is there. If I feel this way, others do also. Nuff said.
01/17/2013 9:55:39 PM CST
C J Rapp says ...
I won't set foot or buy another product from Whole Foods until Mackey is replaced. Good Bye
01/17/2013 9:56:28 PM CST
Pam says ...
Bravo! Your 1st statement was correct. Do not apologize. No citizen should ever expect their government to owe them anything. Hence the problem. I promise you have won over so many more guests into your stores than those who are boycotting......be brave and apologize no more. BTW I'm in the CPG business and remain very impressed by you and "Conscious Capitalism"!!!! In my 31st year in this business, and every day is new!!!!!
01/17/2013 9:57:05 PM CST
Dan H. says ...
John is dead on. All you folks crying about someone's freedom to speak as he chooses ought to educate yourselves and read something besides whatever your communist sympathizing professors told you to read. The guy even said crony capitalism is wrong, what you Libs don't understand is that more government and socialist inspired policies only promote bigger incompetent government and crony capitalism. I already was a loyal customer for numerous reasons, i'm just glad there may be a few less angry burn-out commies at the store
01/17/2013 9:57:49 PM CST
Bob Schout says ...
I am so angry about your CEO's comparison and find it even more insulting that he apologizes only for his "choice of words"; typical of conservatives who want the money of all Americans (including liberals) but don't want all Americans to have the same benefits as everyone else. Your company makes ENORMOUS PROFITS and now penalizes employees (as implied in your CEO's comments) for what they rightly deserve (HEALTH CARE). I have shopped at Whole Foods for years in Santa Fe and in many other cities to which I travel, but NOT ANYMORE. My partner and I, and 4 other friends have all agreed not to shop there anymore. Trader Joes and other markets will get our business.
01/17/2013 9:58:41 PM CST
Margaret Peacock says ...
Ummm... Fascism? You obviously don't know your consumer. You are so far removed from the the everyday people who buy from your store. Not to worry. From now on it's Publix "Greenwise" for me. I'm done with Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 9:58:45 PM CST
Kay says ...
So now John Mackey is taking his rant to Fox News? Ludicrous and craven. So long.
01/17/2013 9:59:18 PM CST
Denis Robitaille says ...
Mr. Mackey, you do not know what the meaning of fascism is. What Republican-controlled legislatures do to gerrymander electoral districts, suppress voting, and disadvantage unions is far closer to fascism than anything Obama and Democrats have done. I have been a patron of your stores, the profits of which do not seem to have declined due to health care reforms. As long as you keep speaking nonsense that actually brings fascism of the kind I describe closer, my wife and I will no longer shop in your stores.
01/17/2013 10:00:10 PM CST

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