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Richard Schoenbrun says ...
I will never again set foot and spend one dollar in a WF. Tell Mackey that. Good luck..
01/17/2013 4:56:16 PM CST
Bill says ...
Health care in this country sucks. The only thing I don't like about the Affordable Health Act is the President didn't go far enough. Why should any American citizens health be a for profit venture? But we see this CEO is just like his buddies in other industries. More and more stores are going organic and natural. I will be looking elsewhere.
01/17/2013 4:57:05 PM CST
Marsha McIntire says ...
I am so upset about Mr. Mackey's comments about healthcare in the U.S. I will boycott Whole Foods for now on. I am a physical therapist and have seen first hand what free enterprise health care does for the people of this country and it is disgusting. Too bad Mr. Mackey's greed interferes with what is good for the people of this country. It is so contrary to the concept of whole foods that I cannot stomach shopping there. Too bad!
01/17/2013 4:57:22 PM CST
Phillip Pessar says ...
Hope you end up like Food Fair and Grand Union. You have lost a loyal customer. I am so glad they are opening up Fresh Market stores down here in South Florida.
01/17/2013 5:09:35 PM CST
Tiff says ...
I will shop at whole foods and I respect a person like John Mackey who doesn't sugar coat it! Says it like it is! I didn't think he needed to apologize at all.. All of you people who are "offended" are offended by everything if it doesn't go your way. Well maybe others are offended that govt shoves stuff down our throats that we don't agree with..I mean where does it stop, this political correctness is such a bunch of bull. Look up the antonyms for control. I don't think you'd like what you'd see. USA is supposed to be a democracy.
01/17/2013 5:10:52 PM CST
T.J. says ...
Mr. Mackey is likely a registered voter and entitled to his opinion. We ALL need to be concerned with what happens in our government, especially as it keeps expanding and overreaching its boundaries. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about it.
01/17/2013 5:11:03 PM CST
Nathan says ...
Free enterprise capitalism can be made to seem like a savior. Business practice though is aimed at making profits. Reducing regulation would allow for healthcare to become very profitable, but not necesarily beneficial to those with low income, they would be at the whim of business. When the New Deal's regulations ended, health as well as other programs began to become muddled with the large corporations that were developing at the time, leaving us in the limbo-like state we are in now. Regulation generally benefits those with lower incomes when it comes to these big life decisions (like health care).
01/17/2013 5:11:12 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.
01/17/2013 5:11:28 PM CST
Michelle says ...
Being offended that someone should speak against your GMO pesticide-mugging president is offensive to common sense! I think the pertinent question should be why is our government wanting to shoulder the burden of this country's healthcare and yet promote the production of toxic food and support the additional use of toxic chemicals on our food/environment. It should not be the "red team" against the "blue team" here, but please continue in your delusion, when you are told that it's not feasible to treat your condition I am sure you will understand and consider the greater good of humanity and pass on to the next world with grace.
01/17/2013 5:12:23 PM CST
Bobbie says ...
I agree with Mr. Mackey's comment regarding Obamacare being the dictionary definition of 'facism." It is a healthcare system that is government controlled and mandated. So why the outrage when he just called it what it is?! I will fully support Whole Foods and will get the word out to as many people as humanly possible to SUPPORT WHOLE FOODS.
01/17/2013 5:12:30 PM CST
Gayle Karafil says ...
So, did Whole Foods have a bad day at the cash register for Mr Mackey to be moved to rephrase his comments? I was going to go shopping today and didn't. Maybe he should take a few moments to think about what he's saying before he opens his mouth.
01/17/2013 5:15:04 PM CST
Jack Emerian says ...
Mr. Macky's comment are straight from the Tea Party playbook. He should not be the CEO of Whole Foods and spew out this stupidity. Perhaps he should be a little more enlightened about the desperate condition of so many Americans including his own employees that don't enjoy the benefits of health insurance. Shame on him for his lack of sensitivity. I'll remember this the next time my wife asks me to pick up something from Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 5:15:10 PM CST
Louise Dotter says ...
Free enterprise health care is what we have now AND IT'S NOT WORKING! Making a profit off of someone's illness is a sickness of the worst sort, GREED! I will never shop at your stores again, no matter WHAT words you use to describe your selfish, simplistic, concept of what health care should be!
01/17/2013 5:15:48 PM CST
S. says ...
I like organic, sustainable foods, and gladly pay the higher prices for it. I live in Seattle, WA, and shop at neighborhood farmer's markets, co-ops, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Metropolitan Markets. I boycotted WFs back several years ago, due to the ill-advised comments your CEO made about the President's health care plan as well as reading that many WF employees were dissatisfied with how they were treated by the company. However, after a year or so, I kind of drifted back into shopping at WFs again, especially during this past holiday season. Luckily for me, the downtown Metropolitan Market is fairly close to the WF location, and MM offers excellent organic and local produce and meats/seafood, and environmentally safe household products. And luckily for me, their CEO doesn't make offenisve, disparaging public comments about our President's efforts to make health care available to everyone in this country, not just to those with money and/or high paying jobs. Here in Seattle -- a very liberal city -- I imagine a lot of the people I see shopping at WFs are at least in my income bracket, or substantially higher. I imagine most of them voted for Obama, and applaud his health care reform efforts. And I imagine they are disagree with the comments of your CEO. It is, of course, his right to express his opinion, however much I disagree with it. But shoppers, of course, have the ability to spend their money where they like, and can choose to spend it supporting businesses with admirable values, and to avoid those that hold offensive political, social or moral positions. Just ask the Susan G. Koman Foundation about how stupid comments by CEOs can ruin a brand. It appears that your company is eager to follow that path. Good luck, and good bye.
01/17/2013 5:16:54 PM CST
Stacy Harrington says ...
I love shopping at Whole Foods and agree with the CEO. He was right that our current track is fascist; he simply spoke the truth! It is a shame there is backlash for it and I totally understand the retraction of the word since so many tend to get so militant whenever anybody disagrees with them. He is also right that "if the goal is universal health care, our country would be far better served by combining free enterprise capitalism with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions, helping everyone to be able to buy insurance." I absolutely agree 100%.
01/17/2013 5:20:15 PM CST
Susan Anthony says ...
Private enterprise has had it's way in healthcare for a very long time, and the result is unsustainable costs and worse health outcomes than ANY other industrialized nation. In the health care field, other countries laugh at us, with considerable justification. The healthcare marketplace cannot be run like the marketplace for other goods and services because the result of consumers "doing without" is a risk to health and life itself. Further, if Obamacare wanted to be fascist, it would not rely on private insurers as it does. Much in the way of quality and cost-efficiency was sacrificed in order to preserve the strong market role of Obamacare. There's a new Whole Foods a few blocks from me, but I think I'll take my business elsewhere.
01/17/2013 5:22:24 PM CST
Barbara Laffan says ...
Switzerland is not the U.S. Corporate-controlled health care has failed massively, and it's time to try something else. Switzerland is small and homogenous, the opposite of the U.S. Centralized, government run healthcare will be a far better solution here. We must break the link between employment and health care to create jobs. Employers should not have to be health care providers: it's an undue burden, and since business properly has a profit motive, there's always a temptation to skimp and cheat on health care. Fascism is the merging of government with business: the ACA is trying to undo that and will succeed in the end.
01/17/2013 5:24:24 PM CST
John Roberts says ...
You've lost our business. We've been shopping at Whole Foods since you first opened in Annapolis. No more. We have other choices and we'll be going elsewhere from now on.
01/17/2013 5:25:04 PM CST
William Gritzmacher says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I cannot tell you how disappointed I feel to here your views about The Affordable Health Care Act as facism. From a hisorical perspective, capitalism and free enterprise can work well but only if there is fair amounts of taxation and regulation. Otherwise, too much capital gets concentrated in the hands of too few people and the market implodes. Where health care is concerned, we currently spend much more than any other country in the world with quite a bit less than the best results. In a wealthy country like ours, it should be a birthright. The for profit system will never work. What part of The Affordable Care Act would you eliminate first? How about denial for pre-existing conditions? Businesses should be supporting a single payer system. This would truly be in their best interests. Your beliefs seem to be idiological in nature. Look at facts, data, and history. I have enjoyed shopping at Whole Foods but will not anymore. I will vote with my pocket book every chance that I get. I have other options. William Gritzmacher Duluth, MN
01/17/2013 5:25:22 PM CST
Candace Lopez says ...
I would agree that there is a wave of fascism passing through America. I hope it stops. This is what you're looking for. Definition of TOTALITARIAN 1 a: of or relating to centralized control by an autocratic leader or hierarchy : authoritarian, dictatorial; especially: despotic b: of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures (as censorship and terrorism) 2 a: advocating or characteristic of totalitarianism b: completely regulated by the state especially as an aid to national mobilization in an emergency c: exercising autocratic powers
01/17/2013 5:26:49 PM CST
Nick says ...
I read your Huffington Post clarification. In case anyone is wondering, the "standard dictionary definition" of fascism is "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts the nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, sever economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition." Is that what Mr Mackey meant? Here's another one for you: boycott: "to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a person, store, or organization) usu. to express disapproval."
01/17/2013 5:28:28 PM CST
Chris C. says ...
I will not step foot into another Whole Foods store until John Mackey is no longer there. If Whole Foods believes that its employees are on their own, then I believe Whole Foods is on its own... without me.
01/17/2013 5:29:20 PM CST
William Gritzmacher says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I cannot tell you how disappointed I feel to here your views about The Affordable Health Care Act as facism. From a hisorical perspective, capitalism and free enterprise can work well but only if there is fair amounts of taxation and regulation. Otherwise, too much capital gets concentrated in the hands of too few people and the market implodes. Where health care is concerned, we currently spend much more than any other country in the world with quite a bit less than the best results. In a wealthy country like ours, it should be a birthright. The for profit system will never work. What part of The Affordable Care Act would you eliminate first? How about denial for pre-existing conditions? Businesses should be supporting a single payer system. This would truly be in their best interests. Your beliefs seem to be idiological in nature. Look at facts, data, and history. I have enjoyed shopping at Whole Foods but will not anymore. I will vote with my pocket book every chance that I get. I have other options. William Gritzmacher Duluth, MN
01/17/2013 5:30:15 PM CST
Garrett Randall says ...
I was a Whole Foods shopper until I read what the CEO said. Mackey is truely out of touch with his liberal customer base. If he was smart he would keep his mouth shut.
01/17/2013 5:30:43 PM CST
Joshua says ...
If an capitalistic solution cannot insure such a large percentage as those with preexisting conditions how can it possibly claim to be a solution? I'm sure Mr Mackey would disagree but in reality capitalistic health care has been shown not to work. I will seek to move as much of my food purchases as possible elsewhere. The thought that my money will find its way to Mr Mackey is as unpalatable as his views. I am hoping the Whole Foods board will exercise some capitalism and find a more appropriate CEO.
01/17/2013 5:31:13 PM CST

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