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Ricki Stephenson says ...
Whoa - talk about Fascists! Your explanation doesn't make things better! It's pretty clear to me that you'd rather take than give. Looks like I will be going to Sunflower Market and other alternatives in the future which is a bummer since I've loved shopping at Whole Foods.
01/18/2013 11:16:04 PM CST
jason says ...
You made a poor word choice when you you used "fascism"? Give me a break. You knew exactly what you were saying and you said it to demonize people who have a different view than you do. It wasn't until felt a backlash that you felt you needed to walk back what you said. Instead of waiting for some mythical free market solution to fix things for tens of millions of uninsured Americans and people will pre-existing conditions, the Democrats attempted a solution (that was almost entirely made up of Republican ideas.) It's not perfect, but at least it solves a few of the problems. Sick people can't wait for the "market" to fix things sir, people need solutions now. As a physician and cancer patient (who has insurance) I can tell you you don't have a clue about fixing health care and should stick to selling over priced food to trendy liberals.
01/18/2013 11:40:35 PM CST
Maria de Jesus Gutierrez says ...
When I became a vegan ten years ago, Whole Foods made my life easier. When I learned I was also allergic to gluten and soy, Whole Foods became a lifesaver. That being said, I also am willing to pay a premium because the politics behind my food, fair wages for workers here, fair trade, and animal welfare, are worth the extra cost to me. This is very troubling to me. I will be monitoring this situation.
01/18/2013 11:52:04 PM CST
redwine says ...
The word 'fascism' has always stirred up negative emotion, which is why I tune out people who use that and other terms to describe MY PRESIDENT or his policies. I have shopped at Whole Foods for several years. I stopped today. Your poor choice of word ( or the way you really feel ) cost you customers.
01/18/2013 11:54:31 PM CST
Darlene says ...
As a loyal Whole Foods customer of more than a decade, and a mother of two children with un-insurable preexisting conditions which require very heathy eating habits to prevent further deterioration, I have been leaving massive amounts of money in your cash registers. I am now fully resolved to take my business elsewhere. I will once again struggle and be creative as I was before WF opened its doors in my neighborhood, and then share my findings with everyone I know, because you don't deserve to be supported by the likes of me and my friends. While Affordable Health Care Act (mockingly called ObamaCare -- which it is not, he neither invented it nor does he own it, so it is not his in any way, shape, of form) is far from perfect, it is certainly better then the present shameful state of insurance which provides the best coverage to those who need it the least, and mostly serves to fill the coffers of the company share holders. As for the explanation of the dictionary meaning of the word 'fascism' -- how uneducated and unknowledgeable is your CEO to be unaware of the actual meaning of the word and the horror it will stir in the minds of his customers, who are by and large of the liberal sort, Obama voters, and health reform supporters? This back pedaling is a sorry excuse for cutting your nose to spite your face.
01/19/2013 12:18:33 AM CST
Todd Mackey says ...
As a member of the Mackey Clan I was proud to see that John Mackey was brave enough to speak against tyranny an overbearing government that is on it's way to socializing 1/3 of our enconomy. However, I was dissapointed to see that John has now backtracked in the face of coventional pressure from our politically correct liberal media. Fight the good fight John and continue to hold up the proud name of Mackey. Todd Mackey
01/19/2013 12:19:49 AM CST
Dan Davis says ...
As a GE manager and then business owner my whole career of 40 years, I view Mackey's insults and then apology(?) as bunk. His apology is typical right wing: "Oh I just used the wrong words, and and people are too sensitive, and capitalism is great. It's not my fault you took it wrong." Come on where have you been? We have had a "free market ' health care system for decades and look where it has brought us: to the brink of and in some cases actual bankruptcy Free unfettered capitalism is not god or a religious experience. There is no place for profit making on people's health care and their misery at times.
01/19/2013 12:23:24 AM CST
Dan Davis says ...
Putting it simply, I have other choices which I do use: 2 local food coops,Food for Less, Fred Meyer, and Trader Joes. Good wholesome organic foods. Won't see your store again in Portland.
01/19/2013 12:31:36 AM CST
jamescarroll1 says ...
This note is addressed not to John Mackay but to the Board of Directors of Whole Foods. Your CEO is entitled to his own views on public policy and politics including the availability, cost, and delivery of health care in the USA. Some of you undoubtedly agree with your CEO’s political positions. However your CEO is for all practical purposes the face and ‘Chief Marketing Officer’ of Whole Foods and as such should be held to a higher standard on his public statements. So, Mr. Mackay is opposed to the Affordable Care Act in the US. OK, I’m not surprised; many CEO’s don’t like it. During its initial deployment, it may depress near term earnings per share for many companies. Others disagree on political or philosophical grounds thinking free enterprise can offer better solutions. However many people, including a majority of our elected officials in Congress believe it is the best way to address the growing health care crisis in America, something that has been - at best - poorly addressed by the free market. Is it perfect? Most likely not - but it’s a complex subject best left for others at another time. As I said earlier, Mr. Mackay is entitled to his own opinion. What bothers me and apparently many others is that Mr. Mackay chose to use his podium as CEO of Whole Foods to evoke divisive language designed to shock and polarize people on the issue of enacted health care legislation, and to portray the elected President as a leader and proponent of Fascist policies. This is outrageous, promotes continued divisiveness in a country that should be seeking common ground, and does little to advance meaningful solutions. Your clientele are probably some of the more educated, progressive and health conscious people in the country. Such language and controversy may play well for Mackay’s book, Conscious Capitalism and the accompanying promotion tour, but judging from the majority of comments on this blog it doesn’t appear to resonate with the Whole Foods customer base, many of whom offered eloquent and well-reasoned explanations why health care legislation was necessary. A large number of people and have pledged to boycott Whole Foods as a result. Sensing the backlash, Mr. MacKay has tried to walk back from the ‘Fascism’ comment with little effect. Rightly so as the ‘apology’ comes across as disingenuous and dishonest – trying to keep the gist of the message fully intact while simply claiming a poor choice of words. This all reminds me of the last bizarre ‘gaffe’, to put it delicately, where Mr. Mackay was outed by the Security and Exchange Commission as the female blogger that routinely bad mouthed competitors such as Wild Oats while praising Whole Foods and even complementing himself: “I think he [John Mackay] looks cute!”. Simply bizarre. Like many consumers, I don’t know the real John Mackay and don’t necessary care to - but what I do know doesn’t appear responsible or trustworthy.
01/19/2013 2:16:39 AM CST
J says ...
You have every right to criticize Obamacare, this is still a free country and we all have a right to our opinions. I love Whole Foods, have shopped there for years and will continue to do so. Shame on people for calling for a boycott.
01/19/2013 2:26:04 AM CST
J says ...
And before you go criticizing a business, do your research. Whole Foods has been named one of the top 100 businesses to work for. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2012/snapshots/32.html
01/19/2013 2:30:22 AM CST
James Pyers says ...
Please don't walk back your statements. You were absolutely correct. Stop the apologies to the regime. Keep up the great work at Whole Foods and speaking your opinion. // Jim
01/19/2013 3:07:04 AM CST
Deb says ...
Find that what people say the first time is really how they feel. Then when they realize they may have hurt their pocketbook, they apologize for "mispeaking". I'll only say it once. No more Whloe Foods for me.
01/19/2013 3:07:17 AM CST
FJXX says ...
So Mr. Mackey says he's a fan of the current "capitalist" healthcare system (which is broken) but opposes "Obamacare" which has received the blessing of the conservative Heritage Foundation, a conservative Supreme Court and Mr. Capitalism himself: Mitt Romney. Pray do tell Mr. Mackey, what is better now than what you will experience with Obamacare?
01/19/2013 3:16:01 AM CST
Susan says ...
I don't understand Mr. MacKey. His statements are contrary to everything Whole Foods PRETENDS to stand for. The US healthcare system has serious flaws. Costs have been escalating at well above inflation rates for years, outcomes are no better than those in countries that pay far less and tens of millions of Americans have limited or no coverage. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect but it was a hard fought, good faith effort at necessary reform approved by a democratically elected body. That is not fascism by any definition. It's also still based on private insurance provided by many different companies and on care delivered by myriad private for-profit or non-profit doctors, hospitals, clinics, charities. Yes, there are broad rules everyone must abide by, but there is still plenty of opportunity for individual choice and institutional innovation and creativity compared to any of the realistic alternatives. MacKey should be cheering but instead he's lobbing bombs. Why? It's very strange and makes me wonder if all the stuff about Whole Foods being an ethical company that cares about the environment, it's employees and the whole community is just a cynical marketing ploy.
01/19/2013 3:56:43 AM CST
Kimberly says ...
I can count on one hand the number of times I have frequented a Whole Foods market in the past, but in effort to show solidarity with Mr. Mackey I intend to change that, you've gained a customer, sir. Speaking out against the crippling effects of ObamaCare is the responsible behavior of all Americans...well done!
01/19/2013 3:57:34 AM CST
Daniel Williamson says ...
I disagree with your position regarding health care. IMO health care needs a humanitarian approach not a capitalist profit based approach. The goal is healing the sick.
01/19/2013 4:29:34 AM CST
James says ...
Mr. Mackey, Respectfully, I believe you were correct to go with your gut instinct. Regards, James
01/19/2013 4:39:30 AM CST
Michael Hickerson says ...
Sir, I had not been a customer of WF until I heard your outspoken comments regarding the affordable care act (Obamacare). My family and I have been searching for a grocery store whose owner or leadership supports and shares our values. Fascism may be a harsh and an emotionally charged word but you don't have to apologize for expressing your opinions. Please continue to stand up for your beliefs. Don't let public opinion sway your principles. My family and I are happy to support WF and we encourage our friends and their families to do the same. Don't let'em grind you down.
01/19/2013 5:09:09 AM CST
Pamela says ...
I believe Mr. Mackay said it exactly like it is. He did not overstate calling the this new healthcare reform fascism, that is what it is.
01/19/2013 5:20:27 AM CST
Donna Solomon says ...
So glad that there is a new Fresh Market in my area, time for a change. We heard you loud and clear, that was not a poor choice of words, you said what you meant. I will NEVER set foot in one of your stores and I hope that your profits sink as low as you.
01/19/2013 5:34:06 AM CST
Ron says ...
I caught part of a televised interview in which you were talking about your new book Conscious Capitalism and I liked the ideas you were discussing and have added your book to me list of must reads. I then later saw your comment about the new health care law and your quite correct technical description of it as fascism and agreed and it made me even more eager to get your book. While I understand the need for you to issue a "correction" based upon your company's customer demographics, I support your earlier, and as I said, quite correct description of the new healthcare law. You spoke for many of us who do not have the voice you do. Thank you.
01/19/2013 5:42:19 AM CST
Ron says ...
I wonder how many of the low-information people making such inane and uninformed and just out right wrong comments on here about you realize you do not take a salary from Whole Foods? I for one, appreciate a CEO who just does not talk the talk, but rather practices what he preaches. Good for you and I would suspect that your sales will not be adversely affected, for most of those on here do not do as you do, they do not practice what they preach and they will continue to shop at THE BEST marketplace in the country.
01/19/2013 5:49:33 AM CST
Ruth Miller says ...
If the capitalist health care system had worked, we wouldn't need government mandated coverage. We have had almost a century for the "free enterprise system" to come up with a creative solution and all that we got was a system designed to fill the pockets of the insurance companies and adequately insure only a fraction of the populace. I was bothered by the implication, in the interview, that your workers and the customers were just screwed- we didn't elect who you wanted us to so to hell with us. I like WF, it's a nice place to shop, but so is Bush's.
01/19/2013 5:52:01 AM CST
Sally says ...
Looking for another place to shop.
01/19/2013 6:19:02 AM CST

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