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Lee says ...
Politically criticizing the Affordable Health Care Act to Patrons of Whole Foods is reason enough for me to no longer shop there or recommend it to others. I'll stick to Trader Joe's, Fresh & Easy, and weekly Farmer's Market venues until they "clean house". I'm not going to support Mackey's nonsense.
01/18/2013 8:12:20 PM CST
Sharon Murphy says ...
Shame on your decision to have another day another outrageous comment! The difference between your CEO and wall arts is that Walmart does not pretend to be more than it is and consumers should not expect anymore than what is offered. There is an arrogance that dares intelligent loyal customers by going on television today and claiming that the base will not change or leave Whole Foods because of how the company is being represented by your CEO. I will not return to Whole Foods until someone steps forward to distance the company from the position that this man portrays in the name of the company. Shame on Whole Foods for standing with Pappa John's, Applebee's ,Taco Bell instead of Costco , Starbucks and other highly profitable companies that do right by their hardworking employees.
01/18/2013 8:17:56 PM CST
NedraGoodwin says ...
A CEO should know what words are offensive. If he doesn't handle he words how can he be trusted to handle our food. Will not shop here & encouraging my friends & neighbors to do the same. Here we come fresh market
01/18/2013 8:22:51 PM CST
Nick S. says ...
Dear John, Just watched video @ The Daily Paul of interview with you and NPR. Was very impressed with what you had to say. I'm a Whole Foods shopper (have been for many years), and now like WF even better! Keep up the good work, John! End the Fed! Not the "fed." I like food. Whole Foods. ;0) Nick
01/18/2013 8:25:48 PM CST
NedraGoodwin says ...
Status message Your comment has been queued for review by site administrators and will be published after approval. Sounds fascist response not freedom of speech
01/18/2013 8:26:32 PM CST
Bill Mullins says ...
It's too bad that when a guy speaks his mind in this country he gets beat up for it. Looking forward to the new store in Highland Village (Denton County, Texas) and will shop there. Don't let the liberals interfer with your freedom of speech. They're good at that.
01/18/2013 8:33:55 PM CST
jacob says ...
YES WE DO GET TO VOTE ON OUR BENEFITS! EVERY YEAR!!!! IT'S GREAT!
01/18/2013 8:34:11 PM CST
Sarad says ...
I think your meaning was clear, and I agree. The US has a first rate health system because of free market innovation. As a consumer, I want it to stay that way. To fix the uninsured problem we did not need to create this government behemoth that will take over 6% of our economy. I am also a customer . My compliments on your stores.
01/18/2013 8:36:31 PM CST
tim keyes says ...
I believe "Fascism" is entirely accurate in describing the current state of affair with the federal government dictating the how, what and why of MY healthcare. Being self ensured in California was bad enough. Thanks to the FASCISTS in Washington, it has only gotten worse with my premiums going up 20% as of 1/1/2013.
01/18/2013 8:50:51 PM CST
Amy says ...
I can't wait to never shop at your store again. Its so easy to criticize from your castle.....well let's see how successful you are when your base leaves you because of your elitist point of view. CEOs like you are the epitome of everything that I detest about the GOP.....and are becoming more and more irrelevant by the day.
01/18/2013 8:55:08 PM CST
Kristen Taylor says ...
Mr. Mackey, you have no reason to withdraw the truth about the new healthcare system. People may not like the word facism but you spoke the truth. I admired you for saying it.
01/18/2013 9:31:40 PM CST
Joshua says ...
Don't just say you won't shop at Whole Foods say how much you are spending elsewhere. Do it here or on the facebook page or on twitter with #boycottwholefoods. Of course if this is new money you are bringing to Whole Foods feel free to call that out as well.
01/18/2013 9:32:04 PM CST
Clarissa Miller says ...
I shop at Whole Foods Market all the time, and all though the choice of words might not have been the best. I feel that your comments about our healthcare situation was very on target. Best of Luck, and I will keep shopping, listening and reading your ideas. Thanks, Clarissa
01/18/2013 9:32:26 PM CST
Amy Gibson says ...
I will not shop at your store again until this guy is gone. I feel that those of us who can shop at Whole Foods are privileged, and to have such disregard for the tens of millions of people in our country who do not have healthcare is cold and callous. And using a word like "fascism" is just continuing the ridiculous fear-mongering the right has been peddling for years. Shame on you.
01/18/2013 9:43:51 PM CST
chris coker says ...
I'm out. I think Obama care is a hot mess, but calling it fascism is simply hillbilly rhetoric. I usually eat lunch at whole foods and sometimes breakfast too. From now on its PCC or central co op.
01/18/2013 10:01:38 PM CST
Richard Campbell says ...
Such divisive comments by Mackey serve no purpose. The issue has been decided after decades of debate, over heated debate over the last few year and a hard fought election. Debate is important. It is also important to move on and find solutions to the other big challenges we face. The American people voted for Obama and support Obamacare. That is democracy. Get used to it John. To endlessly fight the same battles is a waste and in the end, bad for the country and its move. Apologize, admit you were wrong and Move On!
01/18/2013 10:02:57 PM CST
David Lewis says ...
Americans pay more for our current health care system than the residents of any other country in the world, and our results pale in comparison to other developed countries. We also pay more at Whole Foods. I agree with Mr. Mackey when he says that this is capitalism at work. I will be joining those who use their free market rights to shop elsewhere from now on.
01/18/2013 10:04:50 PM CST
Expensivefood says ...
John - I can't seem to find the original article - was it removed?
01/18/2013 10:06:18 PM CST
Beth says ...
I am researching Whole Foods Market for my college class utilizing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis. While I see where you are trying to go with the healthcare issue, I am wondering how you see this affecting your business on the long-term. I would assume that many of your regular customers would openly debate the logic without problem, and there are just as many that only hear the emotions and feelings sides of the issue. Obviously, the strategy of clarifying what was said will not be truly heard by most people because either the judgement has already been made or they mistrust someone changing their wording in the face of public opinion. If you truly have an idealistic point of view, how is that shown through the financial decisions? Is there financial documentation to show what lengths you go to in support of your employees? I don't feel every CEO would be willing to do what is morally right in terms of health care, even if there was the option. I also do not feel that the govenment can make the process better through regulations or expanded blanket care for all. There are too many people that try to take advantage of other people at all levels of society. In terms of healthcare, I feel it is best to show how you are affecting the future of our country. By working in health education and providing school salad bars, the children of the next generation will be able to have better overall health through preventative measures. Actions speak louder than words. Show your personal and company finances going towards these objectives and I feel this hurdle will be overcome.
01/18/2013 10:07:58 PM CST
Kish Galappatti says ...
Sorry, but that statement is a bunch of crock and you know it. You shot yourself in the foot with this one Mackey. We've been shopping almost exclusively at WFM since 2001. I don't recall a time when I went to a Whole Foods and didn't spend under $200. No more. Trader Joe's here we come. "The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century." Really? did it stir up positive emotion previous to the Holocaust of millions of innocent people? "I believe 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." What are you smoking? That is exactly what has been put into place. Yet you refer to this as fascism? Good Bye. Former Customer.
01/18/2013 10:08:18 PM CST
Wil says ...
“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” - Winston Churchill The truth is the truth is the truth is the truth. Count me a loyal customer.
01/18/2013 10:41:34 PM CST
L Englander says ...
Free enterprise capitalist health care is what we have had and it has failed miserably. People suffer medically and financially under the present system. As others have pointed out, we pay double and triple what other industrialized countries pay and we have the worst outcomes. Cuba's infant mortality rate is better than ours. We do not have the best health care system in the world. The health care complex charges whatever it wants, often refusing to reveal what will be charged until after services are rendered. Different people are charged different prices for the same products and services. What other industry gets away with that? Health care is an industry that is completely self-regulated, and delivers care as it sees fit. The consumer has no choice, especially when experiencing a health care crisis. The consumer is completely at the mercy of the health care system which is run by out of control monopolies. Running a supermarket chain is completely different and much, much more simple than running the health care industry.
01/18/2013 10:48:50 PM CST
kathy mccafferty says ...
The Affordable Care Act is not government controlled healthcare. It is necessarily complicated, sensible regulation of a rogue system, which is destroying America's entire economy. Good luck hawking this book. Shame on you, John Mackey.
01/18/2013 10:52:16 PM CST
Jason says ...
Thank you, John. I have had a hard time recently deciding where to shop. Now that I am avoiding your stores my decision making process is simplified. I do hope the shareholders will be getting a cut of your book sales.
01/18/2013 11:02:49 PM CST
Eric Anderson says ...
I don't know if John Mackey reads these comments, but I would like to commend him on his grasp of reality and the current healthcare situation. Free market competition is the best way to reduce costs in the long run without artificially placing floors or ceilings on prices. One should not be penalized for speaking the truth, no matter how painful it may be.
01/18/2013 11:10:22 PM CST

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