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Aaron says ...
I appreciate the thought defense of your comments. That said, comparing the health care situation here to Switzerland is silly and you are smart enough to know that. You are also smart enough to know the market place has left tens of millions without health insurance, smart enough to know that Americans are not even close to the healthiest people in the world despite the high costs we pay, and smart enough to know that both the power of your brand and the power of your intellect would have or at least could have served those millions of people and your country better than you have over the years of this debate. There are lots of smart people who have worked this problem. Very few agree with you on the solution- certainly not people in the health care business. I wish you had chosen a more constructive path.
01/17/2013 10:02:02 PM CST
William C Rhodes says ...
I live in downtown Phoenix and since moving here in 2010, have driven 30 minutes each way to get to the WF in Chandler, AZ Never again. Store's foods and goods all seemed so, so healthy. Who knew the CEO was so toxic. I;d rather let my health slip a notch than continue to enrich a wicked, willful, and low-minded man. So, so sad for the Whole Community.
01/17/2013 10:02:45 PM CST
Dan Hume says ...
Oh No! somebody call the thought police, a view contrary to the chairman
01/17/2013 10:04:55 PM CST
Jamie Boyd says ...
I loved your choice of words. You should be free to express your opinions just like every one of these people leaving comments on this post. I commend you for standing up for what you believe in. By the way, I shop at Whole Foods 2-3 times a week, and I'm sure there are many people who will support you now more than ever.
01/17/2013 10:05:38 PM CST
Jacquie says ...
Mr. Mackey, I am appalled. Your clarification is too cute by half. You claim you didn't call President Obama a facist but yeah, you did. The "dictionary" defintion is when the government controls the means of production by a DICTATOR. It's clear what you think. Well here is what I think, I vote with my feet. I don't shop at places that pay their employees so badly that they have to go on food stamps to afford to eat because the freaking grocery store they work at refuses to pay a living wage when you had a 300 plus percent increase in profits this year. You are getting corporate welfare by having the taxpayers pay for the healthcare of the employees you refuse to offer healthcare too. So I am not going to support your business with my hard earned money, as you already are a welfare queen, a corporate one. You lost my business and all of my family as well. Wegman's is much better and Costco. They know how to treat employees.
01/17/2013 10:06:58 PM CST
Ed Farow says ...
Since I categorically do not support the views the founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods and in the past have chosen to pay a premium for Whole Foods products, I will begin to shop at responsible alternatives such as Sprouts and Trader Joe's. In good conscience I cannot support (shop at) a store whose values are so contrary to my own.
01/17/2013 10:07:08 PM CST
Harvey Donahoo says ...
John Mackey ,YES john HONESTY SOMETIMES HAS CONSEQENCES ! BUT YOU CAN AFFORD IT, AFTER ALL YOU REPRESENT THE ONE PERCENT,,,
01/17/2013 10:08:10 PM CST
Joel Pollak says ...
Here's a new word: corporatist. Means much the same thing without the baggage. Thanks for your courage to speak out in general about the importance of freedom. I live near a Whole Foods and shop there all the time. It's expensive but now I feel even better about digging deep for organic whatever. Also, the employees are great and seem to love what they do. They all have health insurance, and had it before Obamacare--and better insurance, too. Most of the people objecting to your remarks probably never leave the section with all the herbal medicines. Take it easy, people! Be free! Thanks John!
01/17/2013 10:09:25 PM CST
confrey says ...
I spend $5-6k per year at wholefoods. Your ceo tells me you don't care about people who can't afford your prices...but I am going to go out of my way to shopper where they go. What's worse you don't care about the health of our fellow citizens. Then who is a facist?
01/17/2013 10:11:24 PM CST
Lori F says ...
The shopping for my family of 6 is done at Whole Foods. I'll be moving my business elsewhere. In my area, it is not the conservative base shopping at Whole Foods. Seems the CEO doesn't understand his client base.
01/17/2013 10:12:37 PM CST
Don says ...
Your term fascism was spot on. All I would have said when cornered by opponents who really don't matter very much is, Obamacare is fascism, economic fascism, political fascism. Obamacare doesn't nationalize the hospitals and doctor's offices. But it might as well have.
01/17/2013 10:13:23 PM CST
Bob Rushford says ...
I recently started shopping @ Whole Foods here in Suffolk County NY because I wanted eat & support wholesome,organic,sustainable foods & systems. After reading your CEO's comments & his attempts at backpeddling,I can say I will never shop at one of your stores again. Your company makes immense profits from people like me,yet you don't want to treat your employees fairly & provide them with healthcare.I'm sure Mr. Mackey is paid millions every year,his "Libertarian" philosophy is just an excuse & rationalization for greed & selfishness. I will now shop at Costco for my food,a company that also carries sustainable foods & makes a tidy profit like Whole Foods-but unlike WF,doesn't have a problem with giving their employees health benefits & a decent wage. Too bad,I really liked your stores but you'll never get my,or my family's,money again!
01/17/2013 10:13:29 PM CST
Lisa Lawrence says ...
I agree with Leslie. You spoke the truth, and I am willing to listen to what you have to say. Don't apologize or water it down. I will offer some word of advice about quinoa though, there is so much competion for the grain that the local people who have it as a staple in their diet, can't afford it now. It is such an awesome grain, and you said that is what you eat. Can you please figure something out for the local people who grow and harvest thegrain? their health should matter too. Thank you.
01/17/2013 10:14:32 PM CST
Jon Huffington says ...
John, you have slapped a lot of loyal customers in the face with your comments. You are certainly welcome to have any views you want, but I don't want to hear them. You have lost my business.
01/17/2013 10:16:06 PM CST
Jacquie says ...
Will not shop at WFM again. Further, if you have a Costco, you can go there and at least they pay their employees a living wage AND provide health insurance. Wegman's pays their people well too. I find the comments given that this corporation doesn't pay employees enough to stay off food stamps and public assistance to be a corporate welfare queen, and I am not supporting them anymore.
01/17/2013 10:16:35 PM CST
David Gibbs says ...
I am a longtime customer, but can no longer shop at your stores after your latest remarks.
01/17/2013 10:17:59 PM CST
Benjamin Lemon says ...
Don't back down from speaking the truth Mackey! While your customer base is probably more left wing and bases decisions on emotions rather than facts.....there are plenty of us who appreciate the truth spoken from leaders like you who actually create jobs, pay the nation's taxes, and work for a living. We no longer have leadership in the White House. Just a perpetual liar.
01/17/2013 10:19:30 PM CST
paula huntington says ...
Where were you during all the work to design universal health care? Just cut to the chase -- you don't want to insure your employees. It's a 20 mile drive to your La Jolla store and I won't be bothering.
01/17/2013 10:24:03 PM CST
Barbara paciejewski says ...
Not one more penny from me or any one else I can convince. Enough said.
01/17/2013 10:24:55 PM CST
D Brittain says ...
I'm shopping elsewhere. Just lost my business.
01/17/2013 10:28:45 PM CST
Marc Wilford says ...
How is the Gov' controlling healthcare by just requiring that folks be covered? It's the same as being required to purchase liability insurance when driving a car. This free market health care argument is hogwash. It is clear that if left to the free market capitalism, health will be the fist casualty. Health care providers and insurance providers are businesses, and their bottom line is profits, not people. It is sad for the CEO of a business that seems to cater to healthy living to regard health care insurance as an afterthought.
01/17/2013 10:29:14 PM CST
Anne Urban says ...
What a disgrace. This family spends at least $125 a week at Whole Foods but we intend to vote with our feet and take our business elsewhere. Not another dime for your intemperate CEO and his blatant disregard for his own employees. Shameful.
01/17/2013 10:31:27 PM CST
VL says ...
I will shop at Whole Foods, you have the right to your opinion. Unfortunately our freedom is being stripped away along with our finances.
01/17/2013 10:31:37 PM CST
P says ...
I was a loyal customer of Whole Foods until I read about Mackey's vile comments and will no longer spend my hard earned money at a business that is represented by a person like him. Its not a secret that Whole Foods has done extremely well as a business during the last four years. Its surprising that someone like Mackey who makes a fortune, should have an issue with providing affordable health care to the employees that help make Mackey rich and Whole Foods a success. Its also surprising how a CEO can openly offend the large customer base that is left leaning that spend their hard earned dollars at Whole Foods every day. Thats not a smart businessman if you ask me. I hope the Board will take a hard look at what kind of person they want representing the Whole Foods image and name and whether its good business to keep someone like Mackey as CEO. Fortunately, those like me who will take their business elsewhere, can shop at the many Trader Joe's and Wegman's in this country.
01/17/2013 10:32:18 PM CST
Harvey says ...
If you don't know the difference between a social democrat and a fascist, you don't need my money. You have competition and I am betting you will have a lot more, soon.
01/17/2013 10:32:34 PM CST

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