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Maribeth Williams says ...
Mackey's comments were so offensive to me I can no longer spend a dime in Whole Foods. I was actually on my way there yesterday and then remembered his Obama rant. Sounds like a spoiled little brat that didn't get his way. He has done too much harm to the Whole Food brand . I think it is time he stepped down. My son then sent me a text that he will no longer be shopping at the store either!
01/19/2013 11:01:30 AM CST
DOUGLAS says ...
For those who don't know what the word means, fascism Noun An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. (in general use) Extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice. That is not te truth!
01/19/2013 11:08:23 AM CST
Clark Pickett says ...
After your disgusting comments and then trying to back off to save your own butt, We have decided to stop shopping at Whole Foods... We have regularity spent a $1000 a month at Whole Foods apparently supporting a closet Republican and his insane and irrational rhetoric that is hurting our political process and our country. I wish I could get that money back!
01/19/2013 11:53:00 AM CST
Robert Dunn says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, The Reublicans thwarted very effort to provide health care for those who need it. One individual I know has Crohn disease. He could not obtain any insurance. He has to pay cash for his surgery and $2000.00 every two weeks for a shot. It would be nice if a better plan for health care had been enacted for him. But now he can obtain insurance and obtain surgery without a tremendous burden. You have no idea of what it has been like for people who could not obtain insurance. Maybe you ought to spend some time with them to have a better understanding. As you have indicated, you chose a perjorative word to describe a situation that is vastly different. I believe as a country we should and can assist the people in most need. This is not Fascist. it is the responsibility of all us. In this case it took government leadership despite obstacles by people who say they care and do nothing but obstruct.
01/19/2013 11:56:50 AM CST
Diana Meredith says ...
I used to really enjoy shopping at Whole Foods, a really beautiful store on the surface. But, Whole Foods continues to disappoint me with things like the Frozen Veggies shipped from China, and most recently the intention and remarks made by the CEO. I will no longer shop at Whole Foods any longer. Trader Joes does not have as many choices, but I feel they are more conscious and have more integrity. I am also opting for smaller, less corporate business and farmers markets. The CEO does not get OBAMA and his intention of caring for others.
01/19/2013 12:08:37 PM CST
Venessa says ...
I spend about $300-500 a month here! Until John gets fired I will be shopping at trader joes
01/19/2013 12:33:50 PM CST
Susan Reed says ...
I'm done with Whole Foods. I consciously budget to be able to shop there. No longer after the comments. Walking back just doesn't cut it.
01/19/2013 12:35:15 PM CST
Damiano says ...
It is certainly Mr. Mackey's right to offer his perspective on Obamacare or health care, in general. His remarks, however, are insensitive and arrogant in light of the millions of citizens who live outside of the health insurance system in the USA. Goodbye, Whole Foods...
01/19/2013 12:52:50 PM CST
Agnar says ...
Countries that have universal healthcare and it WORKS: UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland., Greenland, Canada.... Those are the ones I remember on top of my head and have some experience with. Of course they are not perfect and are ALWAYS work in progress as the demographic changes constantly. But is that not BETTER than having what we have now in the US..?? The most expensive system in the world. Where people loose EVERYTHING if they get sick and are under insured..!! Where bankruptcy becomes the ONLY way for many to pay for their healthcare. !!! There are few thinks in life there should not be competitive structure as when people can't afford it they die. Healthcare is one. It should be AVAILABLE to ANYONE, so should water, air and everything else that's keeps us alive. Making profits of sickness has always been despicable to me and just shows me how LOW a society will go. NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PROFITABLE. The only reason it is now is due to greed of few people that have greased the wheels of politics and law to make it so and in the favor of VERY few. Mr. John Mackey, free enterprise has had 50 years, 60 years to come up with alternative and they have NOT. Free enterprise has figured out they can't make profits of sick people that have no money so their answer has been to leave them alone with countless of people that have become sick and had insurance then to be later dropped as they were not PROFITABLE anymore. People like you seem not to understand what the rest does, that not everything in life has to be profitable. In your eyes, Medicare, Medicate, Social Security etc. are FASCITS programs as they have nothing to do with the profitable free enterprise that you so love but more SOCIATE taking care of it's one with contributions we ALL have to pay and frankly I have no problem with. It's my DUTY to help my bothers and sister that are down as one day I myself might need their help. SO might you.
01/19/2013 1:02:31 PM CST
Steven Rudnick says ...
John lives in a different world, as in fact do most of his customers. But the really different world that he lives in is clearly cooler than the rest of us. The United States experienced its hottest year on record but John is still a climate denier. There are no models to support his fascist view on this one. Just dictate it. Steven Rudnick,. PhD
01/19/2013 1:20:01 PM CST
Cathleen Otto says ...
The system we have does not work. The working poor cannot afford health insurance, and companies does not provide this benefit for part time employees. Instead of criticizing and attacking a possible solution for the huge health care mess we are in, perhaps you might try to offer solutions. I will no longer shop at Whole Foods. Your lack of democratic and conciliatory spirit demonstrated in the NPR interview and your insulting tone is typical of someone who just wants to oppose, disagree and not offer anything positive. What kind of benefits do you offer part time employees?
01/19/2013 1:28:43 PM CST
rob lamberti says ...
Then why have you nothing to say about the health care system in Canada, where you also have stores? The system works very well here. It's not perfect and that's the challenge: To make it better. You're part of that system here. Yet you refuse it for your employees in the U.S. because you think it should be private enterprise. For shame. Because health care is right, not a privilege. It should be provided based on need, not ability to pay.
01/19/2013 1:35:43 PM CST
Judi says ...
Well Sir, nothing would make every single whole foods shopper happier than for you to be one of your own employees for a month (video it as well). I want to see you earn 10.31 an hour while standing on a cement floor all day. I want to see you live on what you pay your employees and after you've tried to rent a place, put gas in your car, eat healthy foods, drive an insured vehicle, have heat in the winter, electricity etc. after one month of that lifestyle I would challenge you to finish your month with a call to a good endocrinologist and ask for an appointment and right before they actually give you that appointment they will say to you "what insurance do you have" you should reply "none" and then tell me what you're going to do as a very sick person who no one will see because they know you can't afford any adequate testing and they don't want you to sue them because they didn't give you the test's you needed. They won't let you in the door sir why you ask? because that's what capitalism is the year 2012. This is the life of most americans and you sir are the problem, not a solution. I shop at your store in Wheaton IL at least 3 times a week. I've already found new sources for most of my food needs. It will cost me a great deal of time because I'll have to go to so many different places, but at least I care enough about my fellow man to take a stand.
01/19/2013 1:37:56 PM CST
Jay Owens says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey: You are critical of BO Care but your solution "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." is extremely vague to say the least. If you really do have some positive suggestions why not post them on you blog? I'll be watching. Cordially, Jay Owens Chicago
01/19/2013 1:41:21 PM CST
Jeff Goelitz says ...
Ouch! This hurts Whole Foods Market branding, maybe for a long time. Poor choice of words? Not really. He said what he felt in his gut. Yes, you can try and polish it up afterwards but the damage is done. Does Whole Foods have health care for its employees? Do they pay their workers just a little more than fast food employees? Or are there career opportunites available? Walmart is having to adjust and attempt to create a new company culture. Maybe this is a wake up call for Whole Foods. The verbal blunder might be a hidden gift for its employees.
01/19/2013 1:42:32 PM CST
Angelo Fertitta says ...
Hey John, What we have had for a very long time is what you are calling for, i.e., a free enterprise healthcare system. It is the most expensive in the developed world, the U.S. ranks 37th in the world for the health of our citizens, and the supposed innovations in healthcare have come from all parts of the world including those countries that have nationalized healthcare. So WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???
01/19/2013 1:47:03 PM CST
Kevin Cassidy says ...
The term government-controlled health care is no more accurate a description than fascism. If Mackey believes that the only problem with health care access in this country is being poor, than he is not informed enough to comment. I did not know that Mackey existed prior to his uninformed statements on Obamacare, and will soon forget his name. I will not forget this association with Wholefoods. I shop at Wholefoods, but will be less likely to visit in the future.
01/19/2013 1:56:00 PM CST
karen ackerman says ...
Whole foods just lost another customer- at least until John Mackey is no longer a part of this company! Responsible and intelligent people use responsible and intelligent words -period
01/19/2013 1:57:27 PM CST
Jan RuBino says ...
Your statement: "... 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." As I understand it, that is precisely what the AHA does. Many, many businesses do not make health care benefits available to their employees, as you say you do, and those which do frequently offer expensive plans with poor to mediocre coverage. AHA is a giant step toward getting the uninsured covered.
01/19/2013 2:04:04 PM CST
Tedd Ensign says ...
Unfortunately Mr. Mackey, the insurance industry have continuously made bad choices in terms of coverage of pre existing conditions and have out priced insurance for too many of our working poor citizens, let alone the abject poor. In corporate entities exorbitant profits far outweigh the well being of it's workers, as is evidenced by CEO's threatening to cut hours so as to avoid paying for healthcare for the employees that have made them a success to begin with. Dastardly. Such statements have been attributed to you as well. Prove us wrong. Tedd Ensign
01/19/2013 2:06:55 PM CST
Carol says ...
What Mackay has described as what we need is precisely what we have with Obamacare. Sure, the Swiss system would be much better. But what Mackay has described is not the Swiss system. It's Obamacare. I love Whole Foods, and I shop at my local Whole Foods regularly. But I will boycott if I have to. http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2013/01/18/whole-foods-ceo-really-doesnt-understand-swiss-health-care/
01/19/2013 2:28:25 PM CST
Stephen says ...
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini Obamacare = corporatism = fascism. It is not the merger of government with the health care system? Why pretend otherwise? The free market operates on voluntary interactions. The government operates on force and coercion. Clearly a majority of critics to Mackey's comments have chosen the side of force, and are okay using aggression on their fellow Americans in the name of the "common good." Behind all of these government policies there is a gun that should be pointed out. If you are okay using it to force people to buy insurance, accept the fact you are using violence as a means to an end. The alternate is not looking to Washington to solve our problems, but by allowing the free market to operate without intrusion. This hasn't been allowed in our health care system in many, many decades. Blaming the free market on it's terrible condition is mis-diagnosing the problem.
01/19/2013 2:34:48 PM CST
Alice E. Smith says ...
After two decades, I'm done shopping at Whole Foods Market. I could not be more disappointed in John Mackey's comments.
01/19/2013 2:38:23 PM CST
Lisa V says ...
My question is HAVE YOU CUT HOURS TO AVOID SUPPLYING HEALTHCARE TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Because YOU are responsible for your choices. WHAT a contradiction, in theory, to support good food...to fight for GMO labeling and claim to offer non-GMO to your customers because you VALUE people...and then to AVOID offering healthcare to people. You can't have it both ways...or you invalidate your whole foundation. People pay ALOT of money for your products. Most people can't even afford to show at Whole Foods because of it!!!!....YOU CAN afford this. Don't be cheap! Don't try to hide behind principle when you have more than enough profit margin!!!!! It's just SAD!
01/19/2013 2:49:53 PM CST
ros levenson says ...
I was appalled to hear the word Fascism used---we should respect our government leaders--we may disagree with their policies-but slurs are not in order. I will not be returning to whole foods
01/19/2013 3:20:59 PM CST

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