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miranda williams says ...
IT IS WHAT IT IS ! DO NOT Apologize.
01/21/2013 8:26:18 PM CST
Jan Kreek says ...
I just wanted to comment on Mr. Mackey's comment's about Obamacare. My parent's ran from the socialist country that they were from (and by ran...bullets were flying past my father...what a great system that was when people were not allowed to leave and if they tried, they could be killed). Mr. Mackey is still a member of society and last time I checked, this was a free country. For those of you that don't believe that Obama is indeed a socialist (who unlike Mr. Mackey, would never speak his mind because people would freak out) please understand the system first. I've traveled to socialist countries since I was two and still have family there. Obama's healthcare system will ruin this country. America, get ready for long wait periods, bad doctors (who is going to go through Med school which all those loans to practice medicine under this system?) and rationing healthcare. The socialist idea is that if you are retired than you are really dead weight because you don't bring in money for the government, you use up money. I've been very worried since Obama was re-elected. Our healthcare system needed tweeking not an overhaul. If you don't believe that Obama has socialist views, look up his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis. No one who is not a socialist would have him as a mentor. For all of you that have elected Obama, you know not what you've done and I worry for you as well. Mr. Mackey, don't worry about customers...I've been shopping at our Whole Foods since the beginning and I'm greatful for your store. I do spend lots of money there because I want my family to stay healthy which is our only protection from the heath care disaster that is coming. I have this question for those who voted for this "free" healthcare system...if your child was given a toy by someone..for free...and right away something went wrong or it broke...who would you complain to? It was free. I'll leave you all with one more thought...when I had my son, I was speaking Czech to my husband. The nurse asked me what language it was and when I told her, she stated that they had the nicest nurse there at the hospital that was Czech. She told me that she left the Czech Republic when she witnessed a doctor error that killed a newborn. When she couldn't stand it and had to confront the doctor, the doctor was furious and told her "the woman already has 4 kids at home, what's the big deal." That mother had no repercussions against the doctor." Under Obamacare, this will come here. Not tomorrow, but soon. We are in unprecedented debt, where will the money for this fabulous healthcare come from?
01/21/2013 8:29:26 PM CST
Chris Staronka says ...
It is disgraceful that you could ever compare an American policy to Fascism. Please do Whole Foods a favor and resign as CEO. Until then, my family and I will be boycotting your franchise and avoiding the idiocracy under which you operate.
01/21/2013 9:03:23 PM CST
Gerald Pohlmeyer says ...
Mr. Mackey, please do not feel you have to apologize for speaking the truth on Obamacare. Far too many people have not taken the time to research the damage that is coming from this poor legislation. Most Obamacare supporters want the feel good without looking at what the real cost is. Thank you for having the initial courage to get your point across. Don't back down now.
01/21/2013 9:08:59 PM CST
Kathy Ohlerking says ...
Our free market system of health insurance is a major failure. People are literally dying because of lack of insurance or lousy insurance. Premiums have been raising by double digits for years (way before any whisper of Obamacare). Even if you have insurance, it's no guarantee that medical bills will be paid. My family pays $900/mo for the honor of coming up with the first $6000 dollars of medical costs before one penny is paid by the insurance company...more than our mortgage! What's amazing is this has been progressing like this for years. Mackey supports our failed health care system, and doesn't support giving his employees health care benefits. You now have one less customer to worry about serving. Too bad...you seemed to have a bright future.
01/21/2013 10:52:09 PM CST
S says ...
Mackey's views on health care are nothing new. His views on climate change are more alarming. At the Whole Foods I shop at, there are signs up talking about how grain prices are going up and this will effect bakery prices. Mackey says climate change is completely natural and will make things better. Maybe he should look into why grain prices are going up and think about the drought the US and many countries have had this past year, not to mention Hurricane Sandy. Has he looked at the melting arctic? Go see Chasing Ice, Mr. Mackey and learn the facts. I can't believe someone running a company like this is so disconnected from reality. Obamacare is obviously flawed, but anyone that thinks the system was set up for us to be free thinkers and be independent is nuts, socialism and capitalism are just different sides of the same coin, we need a new coin, a new operating system, and until we do, programs like socialized medicine will be the norm.
01/21/2013 11:08:08 PM CST
Cindy Solomon says ...
How sad. Aside from gross ignorance of the definition of 'fascism,' Mr. Mackey displays the same tendency toward corporate greed that so many Wall Street bankers have. Your products don't leave the store unless they are sold by your employees. They are your greatest asset. Yet, you disrespect them by equating their healthcare options with a system that reminds millions of what real tyranny is. The free market has left millions uninsured and under insured. Our for-profit system has resulted in thousands of needless deaths every year. While I do not think the Affordable Healthcare Act goes far enough (we would be much better served with a single-payer system), it is at least a compromise showing some progress. It is also helping to reveal some of the true colors of those who seek profit over people. Whole Foods is no longer on my shopping list.
01/22/2013 1:34:38 AM CST
Wendy Zacuto says ...
Mr. Mackey, Good remediation advertising. Good example of free market capitalism. I, for one, will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods and I am sharing my decision with others. People in the US do not refer use the word fascism to describe our president's policy. Not cool.
01/22/2013 3:06:12 AM CST
Carol Stidd says ...
I am actively finding another place to shop after almost exclusively shopping at Whole Foods . . . at least $200 a week there. I will never shop there again and feel sorry for the people who have to work for Mackey. I don't know who he thinks he is but I have very little respect for him as an American and as the person responsible for the welfare of lots of employees.
01/22/2013 4:56:50 AM CST
Vianne De Young says ...
You shouldn't have to apologize for telling the truth. If people want to live with their head in the clouds that is their problem. In this country we have freedom of speech.......well so far. You may have angered one group of people but the other half applaud you and being that Whole Foods has cornered the market for the freshest organic and conventional produce, natural meats and freshest and tastiest breads and cheeses and more not to mention the friendliest and most helpful staff, your words will not keep angered customers away. Whole Foods is simply put....The best.
01/22/2013 7:57:16 AM CST
Vianne De Young says ...
Just went back and read some of the other comments on this blog and want to put out this reminder to everyone: FREEDOM OF SPEECH You are entitled to express your opinion without threats or violence directed towards you and so is John Mackey
01/22/2013 8:06:46 AM CST
Vilma Acevedo says ...
Mr. Mackey: I am a fan of Whole Foods or "Whole Paycheck" as we call it in the real world we live in. I am actually surprised after reading the NY Times magazine this past Sunday that you actually endorsed Mitt Romney for president and continue to accuse our government in no uncertain terms of pursuing a "fascist" agenda. Of all people you should know that those that have made your company successful are not republicans or least of all from Texas. You have benefited from those of us who are progressive and want government regulation to protect our environment, the quality of the food your company sells that is safe and free of chemicals thanks to regulations thtat your party wants to fet rid off for the sake of greed. You are nothing but an opportunist only looking for the betterment of those that can afford your expensive products and looking the other way to the ills that affect the majority or 98 percent of the population of this country. What a shame, you are just another Texan. Try and teach Mitt Romney about Concious Capitalism. Again, what a shame , you let me down. I will try to avoid your stores as much as possible.
01/22/2013 8:11:10 AM CST
Floyd Houston Tillery says ...
Don't believe you owe anyone an apology. I believe you were stating the obvious. It's unfortunate that you have so many low information voters to contend with. Hang in there you will soon be vindicated.
01/22/2013 9:46:00 AM CST
ceolaf says ...
"The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century." Yes, that is true. Today, that is case. It was also the case yesterday. And last week. And last year. And last decade. And last century. It will continue to be the case tomorrow, next week, next year, next decade and perhaps even next century. This was not a matter of timing. It was probably not a matter of word choice. Rather, it's a matter of what your words reveal about your thinking.
01/22/2013 11:17:52 AM CST
Della Morain says ...
Did Mackey apologize for his word choice, naively thinking it was his wordchoice that offended us? Doesn't he know that it's his underlying message that's offensive? And his suggestion that the US should look at a model more like Switzerland's is equally naive. Switzerland has a great healthcare model, but it has more government involvement and control that what Obamacare proposes. It's based on what Mackey says he deplores. I am a long-term Whole Foods shopper who will not shop at Whole Foods anymore. Mackey's views do not reconcile with anything that matters to me. With regard specifically to Obamacare, I'm a Canadian who has had the good fortune to live in a country where we have "medicare" (even more "socialist/facist" than Obamacare). It's a great system and its founder, Tommy Douglas, was recently voted Greatest Canadian in a comprehensive cross-country vote co-ordinated by the CBC. We revere him for his courage and foresight in introducing this program. Politically, it wasn't any easier for him than it has been for Obama. What medicare means (and has meant since it was introduced in 1962) is that every person in Canada can go to sleep at night, knowing that people who need medical care will get it. We take care of everyone and it shows when you walk our city streets. Unfortunately, our system is now being challenged by the gradual introduction of for-profit systems that profit corporations and doctors. The newly allowed mix of for-profit healthcare with public is eroding our system. The change is driven by those who will profit, including individual doctors who say that will do your surgery tomorrow if you pay directly, or three months from now if you get it done in the public system, taking their services (and our dollars) away from the public system. I believe they are intentionally sabotaging the public system (which they fought the introduction of because it would be less profitable for them), in order to boost their personal profits and control. When we had no private care available in Canada, our system was even better than it is today. As arrogant as Mackey has been about saying he doesn't think his comments will reflect Whole Foods business, he is wrong. I would have shopped there two days ago and again today (and again next week). Instead, I took my $300 (and will take my next $300) elsewhere. I think, over time, Whole Foods, like the Picture of Dorian Grey, will start to reflect the image of its CEO. It won't be pretty -- and its share price will reflect that unattractive image.
01/22/2013 12:48:45 PM CST
MLB415 says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey: I listened to your interview on KQED San Francisco on 01/22/13, each minute I felt sicker and sicker listening to you attempt to dig out of your true beliefs with nonesense answers. What you originally said about President Obama , Health Care reform and lowering your workers hours so you will not pay your employees healthcare is your true heart felt beliefs. I live 3 blocks from a Whole Foods Store in California, and I will not be buying from your store ever again. Each sentence you made on radio attempting to dig yourself out of this situation sounded like a false statement, I do not believe anything you NOW say. I believe your original statements. You are a right wing, ignorant person motivated by greed.
01/22/2013 1:06:13 PM CST
lbdog57 says ...
For years I have counted on Whole Foods stores while traveling around the country for work. Because of your reprehensible stand on healthcare reform I will no longer shop at Whole Foods and I will encourage others to refrain also. You are clearly out of touch with the difficulties that most Americans have in finding decent healthcare coverage. In fact I believe that it is all but impossible to find it these days. I suspect that you and your family members do not have that problem. It is a hardship to give up shopping at Whole Foods but I cannot support a company whose values are so damaged. Stephanie Zack LaFortune
01/22/2013 2:12:37 PM CST
Steve Test says ...
So Mr. Mackey, after loudly opposing our Affordable Care Act before its passage, likes the Swiss health care system now. And what is the Swiss system? Every Swiss resident is required to have a health insurance policy chosen from highly regulated, government-approved insurance companies that have to provide basic coverage on a non-profit basis. Premiums are limited to a small percentage of the individual's income with government subsidies to low-income persons to allow them to pay the premium. Premiums offered by a company have to be the same for all individuals regardless of age or health. Much of this sounds remarkably similar to, and on some points better than, the system set up by the Affordable Care Act: individual mandate, prescribed treatments covered by all basic insurance policies, caps and subsidies for premiums, and the fantastic improvement of allowing insurance companies no profit on basic insurance policies. Wouldn't it have been constructive if Mr. Mackey had advocated for copying the Swiss system during the nasty debate in 2009 and 2010 instead of opposing reform altogether? We might have a system even better for all of us if he had done so back then. Mr. Mackey may be a brilliant businessman but his understanding of the financial struggles of low-wage working people, including Whole Foods employees, and their tenuous grasp on health care is sadly lacking.
01/22/2013 2:58:18 PM CST
teresa holt says ...
I for one won't be contributing one more dollar to John Mackey's massive profits. His remarks are shameful, and if he claims to have used the wrong words, it might just be the truth about how he feels that unintentionally slipped out. It makes the Whole Foods philosophy look like a massive marketing trick.
01/22/2013 3:06:17 PM CST
Katrina Richards says ...
Hey everyone, I don't know where you get that John feels our system does not need changing. It does. It is very clear it is not working and there are complex reasons for this. I agree we need something better, more humane and more accessible for all but I also agree with John that Obamacare will NOT work and end up being more expensive, less effective. John's idea of looking to Switzerland is a good one. And I don't know where you guys got that WF does not provide their employees with healthcare. They give them excellent healthcare. I love Whole Foods and I support freedom of speech. John is right in many ways. Obamacare will be a disaster in the making, just watch. You may have to apologize later when it is evident.
01/22/2013 3:27:21 PM CST
Zala says ...
Re: " I think for now I will simply call it government-controlled health care to distinguish it from free enterprise capitalist health care. Clearly, I would prefer free enterprise capitalism in health care because it would greatly increase innovation and progress" BS. Holding peoples' health hostage to the Gods of Capitalism is immoral. Profiting off the illnesses and physical trauma of others is despicable!! The government is not a For-Profit Capitalist entity. I'll take my government health care, please, instead of paying CEO's outrageous salaries and bonuses!! From modernhealthcare.com - "Despite last year's uncertainty regarding the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare industry leaders took home more money than those in any other sector on the Standard & Poor's 500. Healthcare executives in the index earned a median total pay of $10.8 million, the highest of any other sector, according to research from Equilar, an executive compensation data firm. That represented a 3.8% increase over 2010. Read more: Insurance execs top salary list | Modern Healthcare http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20120811/MAGAZINE/308119967#ixzz2IlRTSDgL ?trk=tynt
01/22/2013 9:06:12 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
Mr Mackey, I'd been a rather loyal customer to Whole Foods since the first one I went to in Dallas, Texas. Your recent inability to reign in your own personal views while representing a company that espouses health may very well prove to be disastrous. You can backpedal all you want, but you once again stuck your foot in your mouth. I'm not sure you realize who a large portion of your patrons are, but you pissed them off. You pissed me off. So instead of spending my money at Whole Foods I will now do my shopping at Trader Joe's. Congratulations on landing on the same list as Domino's Pizza, Chick-fil-a, Papa John's, and Wal-Mart.
01/22/2013 10:39:54 PM CST
James Iredell says ...
As a full time team member in the great state of North Carolina I am proud to work for this company. I watched the recent interview with Greta Van Susteren and was thrilled to hear you mention Austrian Economics authors such as Hayek and Mises. Being more of a Classical Liberal myself, I feel rewarded and honored to be a part of what we are doing as a company, where individuals unite voluntarily to foster a collective force of consciousness. Fascism is indeed corporate interests sanctioned with government control. I fully understand your need to refine and even rescind your words, yet I find it deplorable that you have received hate mail for bringing such candid honesty to bear. Truth is not always accepted, nor wanted. I cannot wait to buy your book, but I am, because I like paper backs ;)
01/22/2013 11:33:26 PM CST
Belinda Young says ...
I'm more interested in shopping at Wholefoods since your spot on healthcare comments. As a Nurse and 30plus years in med prod industry I can tell others John is speaking the truth. The scary part is how you've been attacked. We can no longer speak the truth in this country? Stay strong John Mackay you have more supporters than you realize.
01/23/2013 10:12:09 AM CST
Steve says ...
In response to John Mackey's thoughts about Obama's health care program. A lot of the people in this country will agree with him stating it is fascism along with a lot of other Obama's ideas. They just don't make the noise that the liberals do. Sad to say that to many people can't see his long range agenda. When I say Obama I am including the left wingers that have the agenda for the government to take total control of our lives. My hat is off to John's comments and he shouldn't back peddle to please the chosen few just for the good of the company. He is only seeing feed back from the noise makers the rest of us usually don't voice our opinion. I for one have a higher regard for Whole Foods that has a CEO that will voice his opinion and stand behind his ideals.
01/23/2013 11:32:58 AM CST

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