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Darci says ...
I appreciate you, John, for speaking your mind, not from an emotional point of view but from a rational, logical businessman and U.S. citizen point of view. Your comments are thoughtful. I wish more people would stop reacting and think more. Both healthcare and the food industries are over regulated....not "free" which is why they are so expensive. Food is one of the most important aspects of healthcare...not doctors. High quality, natural, unprocessed foods are the best medicine and now your "loyal" customers are threatening to put you out of business in favor of more government. That just doesn't make sense. They don't trust you, but they trust the government? It is because of people like you that the entire grocery and restaurant industries have engaged in a movement to provide healthier, local, organic, gluten-free foods which help prevent and even cure illness. Let's stop parsing words and look at the bigger picture. Let's start figuring this out together rathering than picking political sides. Who wins when you put Whole Foods out of business...really? This just makes me want to shop there even more.
01/21/2013 11:10:16 AM CST
Wendy says ...
Don't apologize!!! You’re right on. I appreciate your visionary leadership and honesty. We need to honor individuals who speak truth and who strive to bring real solutions to the many challenges that our country faces. Right now we have many folks who are fearful and want to hear what makes them feel safe. They have no desire to hear the truth and when they do hear it they become outraged. Most of these outraged folks do not run a company or own a business. Therefore, they have no idea what these healthcare costs will do to our taxes or how we will have to pass on the healthcare cost thru products and services sold. The country has a lot of followers who keep drinking the cool-aid. Wake up do the math there is no free ride; we will all pay for it sooner or later… Everyone wants something for nothing and that doesn’t work, just look at our deficit and Europe. Thanks stating the truth!
01/21/2013 11:20:05 AM CST
Lionel says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, Perhaps you are right and your comments won't hurt sales but I will do my part to see that they do. A Fresh Market recently opened in New Orleans and I visited it for the first time last Saturday. Very good alternative to Whole Food.
01/21/2013 12:02:10 PM CST
jon enten says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I have been following your comments regarding healthcare in America with great interest and am glad that you have "revisited" your poor word choice to describe the government's healthcare initiative. I am opposed to the use of vitriolic statements that do nothing more than exacerbate the hard line positions of consumers and politicians in this country. What we need is more intelligent dialog to address our issues. In a perfect world, the private sector could address the issue of insuring those that have no health insurance. But history has proved otherwise. When a system is badly broken like our health care system is, government must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves and act on their behalf. Examples might include the child labor laws protecting children from abusive workplace practices, or the minimum wage laws that protect employees from being underpaid or the OSHA laws that help maintain the safety of our nations workplaces. Other examples are FDA laws that protect consumers from unsafe and fraudulently manufactured products. The private sector hasn't taken the initiative to address these issues adequately and that's why government must play a role. Government involvement in protecting Americans is not a bad thing Mr. Mackey, it is the true function of government much like the role government plays in having a military to protect us against our enemies. Private employers that take advantage of their workers in the interest of profits and satisfying shareholders does nothing to help build our economy or the strength of this country...in fact i believe unfair business practices harm our country in the long term. Being a good corporate citizen and protecting worker rights can benefit businesses with increased customer loyalty and ultimately a longer life span for the company. Thank you for allowing me to comment. Jon
01/21/2013 12:07:12 PM CST
Merrill Holt says ...
Healthcare in Switzerland is universal and is regulated by the Federal Health Insurance Act of 1994 . Health insurance is compulsory for all persons residing in Switzerland. Swiss are required to purchase basic health insurance. The insurers are not allowed to earn profits from the mandated benefit package. The insured person pays the insurance premium for the basic plan up to 8% of their personal income. If a premium is higher than this, the government gives the insured person a cash subsidy to pay for any additional premium. Makey has no idea what he is talking about with respect to healthcare systems.
01/21/2013 12:12:38 PM CST
Terry Dixon says ...
So you're going with the dictionary definition of fascism? the World English dictionary defines it as: "any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism" So you were saying that Obamacare is a right-wing ideology opposed to liberalism? I think you're confusing ObamaCare with the Supreme Court ruling that "corporations are people too", now there's a fascist regime statement for you. Health Care won't be fixed in this country until we go with a single-payor system with all the healthy young people covered as well as the old, sick and unprofitably pre-existing conditions. Having a majority of healthy people covered by the same plan is what would make it affordable for all.
01/21/2013 12:17:05 PM CST
Mark Swanson says ...
I thought Mr. Mackey's original statement was absolutely correct. America has entered a Totalitarian, Facist, police state period; and the first, and most important, step in this process was the government taking over control of health care.
01/21/2013 12:17:59 PM CST
Jamie says ...
It's not mandated health care, it's mandated health insurance, modeled after Switzerland's system. I'm really getting tired of Mackey going off on his customers and trying to push his libertarian politices on the rest of us. Can't I just buy my groceries in peace without concern that the profits from feeding my family are going to make this loon wealthier, and louder? Could Whole Foods maybe just try to get along with the rest of us who support our President's efforts to help the least among us get medical care when they need it?
01/21/2013 12:18:13 PM CST
Vito Kost says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, There is absolutely no need to apologize for comparing Obamacare with fascism as half of the bill deals with the health issues and the other half is designed to control the population in a similar way to fascism. As I grew up in a country that was communist and was under German occupation during the 2nd World War, I know what both of them are. After watching 2016, Obama's America, I also know where we are heading in the next four years. Below, I'd like to cite a paragraph from an article published in the Czech Republic. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon...... This article mentions that type of people who critized you for your comment. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince."
01/21/2013 12:51:58 PM CST
Kate Sayers says ...
Horrifying. Perhaps Mr. Mackey needs to understand his customers' point of view. I am tired of corporate fascism. "Corporate fascism" is low pay,part-time work without health insurance. Some corporations, like WalMart, off load -- to the government -- health insurance for for part time employees through Medicaid. Mr. Mackey's threat to reduce his full time workers to part-time so he does not have to cover health insurance is horrifying. I have shopped at Whole Foods because of the way the company treats its workers. No longer.
01/21/2013 12:55:17 PM CST
Sherry says ...
I was appalled by the comments made by John Mackey. Call me old fashioned, but I believe The President of the United States deserves much more respect than was given by Mr. Mackey. There are many ways to express different opinions without direspecting a person. I think Mr. Mackey needs to think hard and long about that!! It also seems that, in today's world, CEO's and other leaders of companies are so worried about making more and more money that they forget to stop and think about other things that matter, such as our country's poor. I doubt Mr. Mackey (or other CEO's) have ever been as poor as so many in our country are today. I have read the article "Mackey Regarding Word Choice on Health Care" and while he apologizes (somewhat), it doesn't change what he said to begin with. First impressions happen only once and my impression of Mr. Mackey is quite negative. All of that being said, I will not boycott Whole Foods. I enjoy shopping at my local Whole Foods store. I like the people who work there, I like the variety of food available, and I like that our bag credit can go to charities that help those less fortunate than me. I do not think Mr. Mackey's lack of respect toward our President or his failure to think before speaking should adversely affect our local Whole Foods store and employees.
01/21/2013 1:24:47 PM CST
Patrick says ...
People are shocked fascism and United States can be tied together in any way. Look no further than the Commission on Presidential Debates as a prime example of fascism in America. For decades they've controlled debate topics and made sure anyone without an R or D by their name could debate. Why are people so surprised? Greedy, rotten Republicrats are trying to ruin America.
01/21/2013 1:53:43 PM CST
Michael Lizardo says ...
Since I live right next to a Whole Foods, it's gonna be hard weaning myself from shopping at your store since you don't believe in looking after your employees.
01/21/2013 2:13:11 PM CST
psurmacz says ...
We are very upset with Mr. Mackey's comments about health care and the President. Does he realize many of the people that shop at your stores were supporters of the President. Maybe since Mr. Mackey is a Texan, that may explain his stupid comments. We have such a negative view of Whole Foods Corporation, and really do NOT want to ever support or shop there again. By the way Mr. Mackey, the current health care system is the most expensive in the free world!!! And people are currently denied health care if they have a pre existing condition. I guess you are cool with that!
01/21/2013 3:11:33 PM CST
patricia Horn says ...
I thought one of the main reasons Obamacare was enacted was to make health care available and affordable for all Americans. The free enterprise approach to health care has worked really well.....for the insurance companies and their CEO's profits! Millions of Americans were denied coverage at any cost due to pre-existing conditions. Decisions for what was and wasn't covered were made by financial people, not physicians. I think your opinions as stated on the NPR interviews represented your true feelings and you are now twisting words and using semantics for damage control. I have been a loyal customer for years, but will never set foot in a Whole Foods again!
01/21/2013 4:12:36 PM CST
robert smith says ...
Count me among those who will not spend another dollar at Whole Foods. Mackey's position is dramatically in opposition to how I, and evidently, millions of intelligent Americans feel about a socially-resposible government and populace. I used to be a Whole Foods shopper primarily, but find that in the last few years, quality has dropped off; there is spotty stocking of organic products. Now, I'm done. I shop regularly at a local Bristol Farms (where there is an abundance of fresh vegetables and produce, organic and locally grown, FAR BETTER meats and seafood; and, at Trader Joe's. Mackey's conceits are those of an uncaring socio-economic class who have lost touch with the country as a whole, and with principled business practices entirely. Thank you for showing your true colors. Even easier to abandon your stores.
01/21/2013 4:43:09 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MICHAEL - There seems to be confusion regarding the health care for our Team Members. You can read more about this at http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/how_whole_foods_market_innovat.html
01/21/2013 4:43:11 PM CST
Roland says ...
Truth is that your 73,000 employees would not have health insurance at all if it were up to you. You lost another customer. Surely all those opposed to health care for all will flood your stores. As if.
01/21/2013 4:59:40 PM CST
Peter Zovanyi says ...
Conscious Capitalism, "a vision built on love and care" - how hypocritical paying your cashiers $10 per hour and also lobbying to prevent them from getting affordable healthcare. You should be ashamed! Is there ever too much profit for those of you that see yourselves as indispensable titans of capital. You need to understand that the middle class is an endangered species and as you continue to support policies that squeeze them out of affordable wages and healthcare there will be no one left to shop at your "whole wallet" grocery store. I for one will now take my family's shopping down the street to our local "Seaside Market" until you vacate your anti family position.
01/21/2013 5:30:37 PM CST
Paula Evans says ...
When did the word "fascism" not "stir up too much negative emotion?" This is not an apology. I believe you knew full well what you were saying and that your intent was plain. I am shopping elsewhere.
01/21/2013 5:54:58 PM CST
Ani Palacios says ...
Thank you for speaking the truth. Government has no business in our health care.
01/21/2013 6:04:08 PM CST
Lynn brown says ...
I love your store and will always continue to shop there. You have a right to say and think what ever you wish. It's called democracy most of the time unless you voice something someone doesn't want to hear. Your stores are the best. You will never lose our business. Lynn brown Virginia
01/21/2013 6:14:18 PM CST
Lisa Marchese says ...
Too late. Your comment about AHA was hyperbolically stupid as is your treatment of your employees. I used to spend at least $100 a week at Whole Foods.
01/21/2013 6:44:21 PM CST
Lisa says ...
Too late. You've lost another customer.
01/21/2013 6:47:40 PM CST
pat tracy says ...
You state you need a new word to describe the Affordable Care Act because you have criticized it without reading what is in the bill. Until you APOLOGIZE for the use of fascist then I am never going to shop at Whole Foods again.
01/21/2013 8:08:01 PM CST

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