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David Rizzo says ...
Mr. Mackey believes the Affordable Care Act to be Fascism. I support the act, so that makes me a Fascist in his eyes. I assume Mr. Mackey does not want Fascists shopping at his store. I will be taking my business elsewhere. Publicly alienating your costumer base is rarely considered to be a wise business decision.
01/17/2013 5:35:43 PM CST
Nick says ...
I did read your clarification on Huffington Post. 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 5:36:44 PM CST
Terry says ...
Most of you didn't read his statement did you? If so, you might have noticed that whole foods does offer healthcare to his 73000 employees. Better than what the president is offering. Did you hear that congress op'd out of obamacare? Didn't think so. I only have one issue with what he said and that is now I will have a 60 mile round trip to buy groceries from this company. But it's worth it to show support for a company that cares about its employees and its country. Oh, and no need to apologize to anyone, especially a president who clearly doesn't support the constitution.
01/17/2013 5:42:14 PM CST
Matt_from_Boston says ...
No longer a customer as of today. You don't share my values and I prefer to spend my money elsewhere. I grew up poor, John, and people without money who are in need of health care are not better off than people in Canada who might have to wait a while to receive it (and that's only for minor procedures) You have no idea what the real world is like. 1 in 8 Americans do not have health care and they would love to have Canada's system. Don't believe me? Ask them.
01/17/2013 5:49:09 PM CST
Deb says ...
Hasn't this happened before!!?? Why does Mr. Mackey keep insulting the people who keep him in business? I will continue to buy some things that I can only get at Whole Foods. I will no longer spend my entire grocery budget there as it is clearly not appreciated. Trader Joe's is just across the street from Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 5:50:22 PM CST
Obie says ...
Obamacarre is not fascist and your high food prices are not robber baron capitalism. Both represent quality products. However, in spite of the CEO's apology, it will be a long time before I will consider coming back to Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 5:51:02 PM CST
Stephen Esry says ...
This apology is insincere. Time for new leadership.
01/17/2013 5:51:05 PM CST
Henry Tuttle says ...
Honestly, with the polarized political environment in the United States today, it's rare to find someone who criticizes ACA (Obamacare) and still believe in enough social causes to consider himself even moderate. Consequently, although I don't know Mr. Mackey's position on other issues, I'm going to assume that he's siding with money over people. Of course, I could be wrong, in which case, if I see enough behavior by Mr. Mackey and Whole Foods that proves me wrong, I may resume my shopping at Whole Foods. Until then, Whole Foods no longer has my business.
01/17/2013 5:53:17 PM CST
Judith Pettibone says ...
For so very many reasons, Mr. Mackey's choice of words was so inappropriate. But so is his attitude towards illness and people with illness, and health insurance. The idea that the founder and one of the CEOs of this company could be so foolish as to speak about this topic in such a manner, is beyond belief. Alienate one of your strong customer bases. No more WF for me. Apology, such that it was, did nothing. Board of Directors ... pay close attention, very close attention.
01/17/2013 5:55:26 PM CST
b swegman says ...
Yeah, sure Mr. Mackey. Free enterprise capitalist healthcare. What a great concept. Guess which grocery store I will never set foot in again. Bye Bye.
01/17/2013 5:56:05 PM CST
Dr. Barbara Nowak says ...
We need no clarification. We know exactly what you meant. I we vote with our feet. I will no longer shop at Whole Foods and will, instead, buy my groceries from our Co-Op and Farmer's Market. Shame on you.
01/17/2013 5:57:05 PM CST
Debbie says ...
Call me a former customer. Any business led by someone who is so keen to engage in devisive rhetoric such as calling Obamacare facist doesn't get my business any more. I'm sick of the nasty stuff that takes the place of real dialogue.There are too many top business leaders who should be leading the way in helping our country find solutions and instead find it easier to use glib and ugly soundbites to dump on the current administration. The only thing that does is encourage the crazies in Congress to continue doing nothing - and we as citizens all lose. Adios Whole Foods. You won't see me anymore.
01/17/2013 5:57:09 PM CST
Jane says ...
At a time when our president is struggling with radical, name calling conservatives over everything from women's health, to gun control, to "Obamacare", it is worse than a "poor word choice" to refer to our new health care system as "fascism." It certainly got my attention as I read the headlines in various media. The fact is, you said it, and it stays in people's minds. Why don't you (1) apologize to President Obama for the cheap shot, then (2) volunteer to help fix what you don't like about the system, instead of just apologizing for your overkill criticism. What was passed as Obamacare is far from perfect, given all the lobbyists (Insurance and Drug Companies, for starters) that got their hands on it, but it was passed, and some things are better already. Your book is one I am not interested in looking at, and I am reconsidering my shopping habits. Your so-called "Conscious Capitalism" comes across more as thoughtless, selfish whining and shameless shilling for your book. Good luck with that.
01/17/2013 5:57:43 PM CST
Ryan says ...
Seems to me, should health care really be a business just like any other under Capitalism? Capitalism disregards ethics and morality, and only seeks profit. Your "conscious capitalism", not possible, if it is capitalism, it's not conscious. To say that health care should be "free enterprise capitalism" is to suggest a profitable business, it is to say, let's keep it like is been all these long years, and not change a thing. "Innovation and creativity"? In what? How the business is run to make more profit? Please.
01/17/2013 5:59:56 PM CST
Mark Blume says ...
I like your store but your prices are way to high.And working until you're 70 is way to high too.In fact,how about retiring at 60 which would open more jobs for the young.I think we should have single payer health care for everyone.Maybe sitting behind a desk one thing but having to do REAL MANUAL LABOR until your 70 is OUTRAGIOUS...Thanks....
01/17/2013 6:00:28 PM CST
Mateo Pardo says ...
I wonder if Mr. Mackey realizes that the Swiss system is made up of private, non-profit health insurance companies.
01/17/2013 6:01:56 PM CST
Dr. Ron Goodenow says ...
Sloppy use of terms like 'socialism' or 'fascism' does nobody any good. There is just too much of this name calling around, and as long as I suspect it is coming from the top of this company I will shop elsewhere. Thank God our president was not portrayed with a Hitler mustache. Incidentally, most fascist countries had thriving free enterprise...ever hear of Siemens or Volkswagen????, and many socialist ones, as opposed to communist ones, have thriving mixed economies. Indeed, many on the right in America would consider the legislation and government role in the Swiss health system as 'socialistic' or 'government controlled', even though it is an interesting model that covers everyone while permitting providers and patients to offer or select and pay for supplementary services. But EVERYONE is covered. So while Mr. Makey has gone off the deep end, he, unlike many yakkers these days, has at least tried to pull back. This said, it is hard for me to believe anything said by this company about food safety and other subjects where there may be government regulation in the public interest.
01/17/2013 6:05:09 PM CST
David Land says ...
Free-enterprise capitalist greed-based health care is what got us into this mess. I rather doubt that more of it is going to be the way out. Unless, of course, you think that the solution to being poisoned is more poison? I'll do my shopping — and look for intelligent ideas about health care — elsewhere, thank you very much.
01/17/2013 6:08:41 PM CST
David Land says ...
Free-enterprise capitalist greed-based health care is what got us into this mess. I rather doubt that more of it is going to be the way out. Unless, of course, you think that the solution to being poisoned is more poison? I'll do my shopping — and look for intelligent ideas about health care — elsewhere, thank you very much.
01/17/2013 6:08:43 PM CST
N. D. Bentley says ...
I support Bob Mackey and his intelligence completely. My head is about to explode with the issues of Obamacare. And oh yeah... as a small business owner... I did build that. And when I posted that on my web site, I had many many vicious comments. Unfortunately I find that supporters of Obama are a lot more likely to comment. And a lot more likely to be angry and hostile.
01/17/2013 6:12:03 PM CST
jacob weisberg says ...
i have been a long term customer of whole foods so i took the time to listen the CBS interview and the Huff Post interview. His statements on the Huff Post are incredibly damaging. He does not sound believeable in how he chose to excuse his use of the word fascism. His definition of classic fascism is just wrong. He sounds like he believes that Obama case is fascist, it is just that the word is too loaded from its historical context. yes. He should resign to protect the company.
01/17/2013 6:13:26 PM CST
Henry Tuttle says ...
As the head of an organization, the public positions that Mackey takes reflect on his organization. If he was selling deep fried chicken sandwiches, I'm sure he wouldn't lose any business with his pro-business, anti-people comments. However, when you are selling socially conscious products at premium prices, you are going to attract people who are willing to sacrifice for the general good - ie. liberals. Apologies are inadequate. Until Mackey steps down, Whole Foods has lost a customer.
01/17/2013 6:15:20 PM CST
Donna Scarpuzza says ...
I have been shopping at WFM for over20 years. Good bye.
01/17/2013 6:18:45 PM CST
P Crosby says ...
Seems like $ makes you rethink things- Bye -Bye. Only $200/mo won't matter but unlike you principles do matter Never did trust you or your Co P
01/17/2013 6:20:06 PM CST
Marie says ...
I'm very sure that you regret comparing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") to fascism. Now, you have a problem. You've offended much of your customer base. But it surely doesn't mean that you didn't mean it. Other CEOs have given reasonable responses (do a search on the Cheesecake Factory and Affordable Care Act, for example). I will be shopping at my local natural foods co-op instead of at "Whole Paycheck" from now on, if that's your attitude. You can be as open and honest as you want, but don't think that it won't affect your bottom line (ask Papa John's and Chik-fil-a). Of course, you've probably gained some fans from the conservative crowd, but they're not usually the natural foods, educated, elitist food crowd. Good luck with that.
01/17/2013 6:22:43 PM CST

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