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Craig says ...
Wow, what sad display from all of these comments. Fascism is an economic model and John used the term correctly. You debase the complex conversation when you have a knee-jerk reaction and associate the term with the National-Socialist party. John is also right in that Obamacare is shifting chairs on the Titanic, it does nothing to address the underlying issues with medical care in this country.
01/17/2013 6:25:48 PM CST
Larry says ...
Mackey's word choice was not the problem it's his total misconception of Obamacare that is worrisome. Yes the government has become the overseer of health care in order to help control runaway costs while providing insurance for Americans who in the past could not afford it. This is being through health insurance companies. Long term everyone benefits. My wife and I will consider alternatives to Whole Foods before we continue to support a company that is run by such a myopic person.
01/17/2013 6:28:03 PM CST
Tim Rowan says ...
John, Your retraction of "fascism" is admirable but you have a completely inaccurate perception of the Affordable Care Act. If you were to read it, you would discover that it still leaves the insurance companies pretty much in control of the U.S. healthcare system, just like they were before. Why do you think they were in favor of the ACA in its final version? Because they successfully watered it down before it reached the President's desk. After you dispel yourself of the myth of "Government-controlled healthcare," next you should look objectively at the healthcare system it is replacing. There was no such thing as a free market controlling healthcare for the last 100 years. It has been entirely owned and operated by the nation's largest corporations, primarily insurance and Big Pharma. If a real free market were possible, I would agree with you 100%, but it's not. These corporations, along with their Big Oil cousins, own Congress, some of the Democrats and all of the Republicans. The only entity able to loosen their iron grip on the throat of physicians, hospitals and patients is a Democratic-party led government. The answer to the problem you describe is not going to be found in free market idealism, but in the real world of manipulation, back-room deals, campaign donations and the revolving door between Congress and 6-figure positions on boards of directors. You should know this already, Mr. Mackey. You deal with the powerful, manipulative dairy and meat industries. You know better than anyone that there has not been a free market in this country in decades.
01/17/2013 6:31:48 PM CST
SLTX says ...
On the contrary, Mr. CEO, I rather appreciated the first comment that you made. You were absolutely right. I hope that you didn't bow to pressure to apologize. No need for that.
01/17/2013 6:32:06 PM CST
Bruce Simdberg says ...
Yes, a truly poor choice of words. As an Obama supporter and advocate of universal health care, I will not be motivated to spend my money at Whole Foods Markets anymore.
01/17/2013 6:33:18 PM CST
Martin says ...
Mr. Mackey is obviously entitled to his opinions, just as I am entitled to shop elsewhere which I will be doing henceforth.
01/17/2013 6:34:37 PM CST
Lisa says ...
I will really miss WF, but after those comments by Mr. Mackey, not another cent of my money will go there. Even "accidently" using the word" fascism" to describe the Affordable Care Act smacks of the kind of extremist view that stokes hate in this country. Thinly veiled as "conscious capitalism", I'd suggest Mr. Mackey spend some more time on the conscious part. His clear mis-understanding of the ACA is one problem, but using his priviledged position to spin contempt for this President is unforgivable. I hope he enjoys the company of the wacky fringe he is invigorating. P.S. Come spend a day with me in my urban level one trauma hospital and then tell me we don't need health care reform. Switzerland????Get off your high horse, dude.
01/17/2013 6:35:35 PM CST
Daniel says ...
John Mackey has lost my business. I guess my wallet will benefit.
01/17/2013 6:38:56 PM CST
dkw says ...
I heard John Mackay's interview on NPR, and I was dismayed by the words he used and the sentiments he expressed. He may support "free market capitalism" but the end result is that he doesn't appear to support the only way that the people who work for him and many others can get health care in this country. His preferred solution cannot be the enemy of the improvements on health care that are actually achievable in the US. It seems he thinks "I got mine and I don't care about those less fortunate." For that reason, I am no longer shopping at Whole Foods. The company appears progressive, but is clearly more about money than sustainable values.
01/17/2013 6:39:37 PM CST
Bonnie Lucas says ...
I am a former WF employee - and Mr. Mackey, you were RIGHT ON when you related this health care plan to FASCISM. I had stopped shopping at WF recently because of the extra payroll taxes we are now paying, but with our 2012 tax refunds, I and about 20 of my friends are going to WF to buy a TON of food to show our support.
01/17/2013 6:41:16 PM CST
Jack Kelly says ...
I won't be visiting your store ny more, sir. You didn't make a poor choice of words. I think you meant what you said. So no more Whole Foods for me.
01/17/2013 6:41:47 PM CST
DM says ...
Good LORD PPL!! Pull up! All I hear is whiney citizens who criticize EVERY word of EVERY business owner. Get over yourselves and quit looking for people to be mad at! I'm sick at my stomach at how childish our country has become as a whole.... you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves.
01/17/2013 6:46:49 PM CST
Heidi L. says ...
Well, yet another reason why I shouldn't be shopping at Whole Foods. Not only are the food prices so high, I'd have to be rich to shop there, but the CEO is an elitist, capitalist right-wing nut! I'm in my late 20s and have not been insured for YEARS. I don't know when I will ever get insurance. I'm not saying the Health Care law is totally free of problems, but its better than what we had. I've been so badly neglected plus having a pre-existing condition that I'd shudder to think of what would happen if we didn't have the Health Care law.
01/17/2013 6:47:04 PM CST
Elaine laing says ...
Fascism ...I quit Whole Foods. You must be a right wing nut.
01/17/2013 6:52:50 PM CST
Ang says ...
America's free market had landed it about 5Oth in the world when it comes to health -- or what some would call not even competitive -- and it costs at a rate more than double any other country. Why would anyone not want to change this? Why doesn't Whole Foods realize that the same people who care to find healthier food also prefer to have their cashier not come to work with the flu and sneeze on their purchases? The same people who value healthier eating would also value having more employees having access to healthcare. Your brand is your values and if you think customers don't value how the food ends up in the store and how the store is run, they can go to WalMart.
01/17/2013 6:56:09 PM CST
Trevor Rogers says ...
I had alwasy assumed that Whole Foods was a progressive, left-leaning business, and as a result I was willing to accept the excessively high prices. Thanks for clearing that up. You saved me a ton of money this year. You won't get another dime from me.
01/17/2013 7:00:52 PM CST
Rob says ...
Why doesn't he just move to Switzerland? Simple question.
01/17/2013 7:01:51 PM CST
Andra says ...
You are all crazy. Whole foods is great. You complain about capitalism. What has the government done right. Medicare, social security, Fannie may, Freddie mAc, post office. Come on and you think health care would be run any different.
01/17/2013 7:03:25 PM CST
Necole Fabris says ...
As a weekly patron of Whole Foods and a stockholder, I am deeply disappointed by your stance on universal health care. Health care is a RIGHT, and it is clear that the current for-profit structure does not work. CEOs increase their profit margins, the middle class are hampered by exorbitant premiums, and those less fortunate cannot even afford to take care of basic health needs. For such a socially and environmentally conscious company, your views on healthcare run counter to all that you appear to promote throughout your stores.
01/17/2013 7:04:37 PM CST
Joe of San Antonio says ...
Mr. Mackey is correct in his assessment of Obamacare. If we do not excercise our Free Speech and speak the Truth, we are doomed. I am stepping up my spending at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 7:08:55 PM CST
Bob says ...
I think you made your point really well John. I will not step foot in Whole Foods again.
01/17/2013 7:08:58 PM CST
Jo Ann Augeri Silva says ...
I am not persuaded by this CYA sort of double talk. These comments show a determined misrepresentation of what health care reform can and will accomplish. I think you showed your true feelings in your original comments, and nothing you've said here takes that away. "Need to find a new word?" Please.
01/17/2013 7:09:23 PM CST
Mark Reilly says ...
Heard your CEO in NPR today a and I have to say that I will never shop at Whole Foods again. You should have him read Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich where the anti-union business leaders sided to deny benefits to the working man and create profits .He is a profiteer !!
01/17/2013 7:09:28 PM CST
Miguel Lopez says ...
I agree!! Obamacare IS Fascism, and Obama ("the Zero") governs like a king. I was proud to vote for the real American.
01/17/2013 7:18:20 PM CST
Cindy English says ...
No more whole foods for me!
01/17/2013 7:22:50 PM CST

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