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Doris Bass says ...
Too bad, you have lost my business, and your store is only 2 blocks away from where I live.It is not like you can't afford to pay for health insurance for your employees, with the inflated prices you charge. There is a reason your store is called "whole paycheck" by many. I love Trader Joe's and they have organic greens also. Your apology was really hollow. If you have never been victimized by the private health insurance market , you have no right to criticize what Obama has done.
01/17/2013 7:57:15 PM CST
Gene in L.A. says ...
For the time being I'll continue shopping at Whole Foods, but I disagree almost entirely with your post. More countries have state-provided, tax-paid healthcare than the system you find so appealing in Switzerland. We must be concerned with all our citizens, not just the more well-to-do who patronize your stores.
01/17/2013 7:57:37 PM CST
Pat says ...
I have shopped at Whole Foods a couple of times each week for years. No more. Obamacare is fascist? How about sticking to groceries, not speaking out on healthcare? If you don't want to adhere to healthcare laws, I recommend that you join with other employers of low wage workers and lobby for single payer system. That way you won't have to deal with healthcare, increasing insurance rates, and more regulation. Makes your life so much simpler. I also recommend that you get media training so you are able to choose words more carefully and frame your ideas more thoughtfully.
01/17/2013 7:59:12 PM CST
Tim Coyle says ...
I USED to go out of my way to shop at and support Whole Foods - that ended today. John Mackey's use of the term fascism to describe health insurance reform was offensive and ignorant. Furthermore, I will urge all friends and family to stop shopping at Whole Foods as well - and most of them will, or have already, come to the same conclusion as I. Good Luck!
01/17/2013 8:00:01 PM CST
Natalie says ...
very disappointing, you have lost me as a loyal customer.
01/17/2013 8:00:14 PM CST
Rick says ...
Goodbye Whole Foods. Another politically-spouting CEO. Calling Obamacare socialism (as is Medicare -- some socialism is a good and valued part of a capitalistic society) wouldn't have been quite as bad. But calling it facism is absurd and uneducated. And your lame "clarification" doesn't explicitly back off. What dictionary are you using, the Ayn Rand unabridged. Whole Foods -- NEVER again. I know you're in Texas, but I didn't think Austin was as blindly red as the rest of the state.
01/17/2013 8:00:15 PM CST
Brad Harris says ...
Tell your CEO to get a new dictionary or a new job. Better yet....get him a new passport.....anywhere but here. My whole pay check won't be spent with you any longer as long as he is there.
01/17/2013 8:00:31 PM CST
Tim Coyle says ...
I USED to go out of my way to shop at and support Whole Foods - that ended today. John Mackey's use of the term fascism to describe health insurance reform was offensive and ignorant. Furthermore, I will urge all friends and family to stop shopping at Whole Foods as well - and most of them will, or have already, come to the same conclusion as I. Good Luck!
01/17/2013 8:00:34 PM CST
Lucy Herrman says ...
How unfortunate that you should comment to such a negative degree about our president's policies, which, by the way, most of your customer base happens to agree with. You must be oblivious to having social responsibility. Your ethics have to be called in question. Why wouldn't you want your employees to have excellent health care? Cid's Foods, a small natural market in Taos, NM, has incredible community and employee presence and gives back to both as a matter of business plan. Their community and employee involvement is an absolute gem. I must think twice before I will shop at Whole Foods again.
01/17/2013 8:00:56 PM CST
Kat B says ...
This was not not only a poor choice of words, but a window in to the CEo's ignorance about the current at state of healthcare. A for-profit healthcare system is not working in this country. Millions are without coverage. you cannot have a for-profit middleman like insurance companies making medical decisions. Get down in the trenches and out of your ivory cave. You have a tremendous amount to learn. Until you do, we will stay away from your stores which is unfortunate for all of us.
01/17/2013 8:01:04 PM CST
CHARLES FIESELMAN says ...
Co-CEO Mackey is wrong. Right now false capitalism has led to the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries profiting massively at the expense of doctors, hospitals, and particularly, the uninsured. Capitalism does not lead to more choices but less as the larger buy out the smaller. I will be shopping less at Whole Foods. Many of my friends and particularly my wife, shops at Whole Foods... and I will be letting them know of your stand on health care. Also, if you are not providing health care to your employees, then you are asking the taxpayer to subsidize them when they go to the hospital and rack up unpaid bills. Thanks for nothing. You should be supporting universal healthcare that takes it out of business. That will make business more competitive with lower employee costs. Have everyone contribute to health care. After all, every one of us will need health care some day.
01/17/2013 8:01:25 PM CST
Joe says ...
Your CEO's comments are disappointing!
01/17/2013 8:02:34 PM CST
chris pisano says ...
Too much baggage with that word? Since when has it not had baggage? Look up the definition. It refers to dictatorial suppression of opposition. You lost me forever as a customer.
01/17/2013 8:02:38 PM CST
Alicia Spence says ...
Guess you built your business all by yourself Mackey. Seems like ypu are doing pretty well. Take good care of your employees......I'm going to MoM's.
01/17/2013 8:03:21 PM CST
John Smith says ...
What a shame that John Mackey has decided to get into the healthcare debate. Please stay were you belong in the overpriced "whole" food market. I wonder how your store would work if 30% or your customers walked out without paying for their groceries, another 40% walked out with "guaranteed coupons discounting your prices by 90%, The ones who do pay, would pay a very high price. You simply do not understand healthcare, and your remarks are very short sighted. Maybe whole foods should open a free healthcare clinic for the communities they serve?
01/17/2013 8:03:37 PM CST
Carina Haley says ...
I'm not buying your walk back . You can't take back what you said and you can't get this customer back. You are another greedy CEO! I can shop elsewhere! Goodbye!
01/17/2013 8:03:52 PM CST
Unhappy Customer says ...
Very poor decision on Mackey's part. Does he understand his customer base? Lost me and I'm sure many others who will no longer go to WF - too many other choices iof companies that don't bite the hand that feeds them.
01/17/2013 8:04:25 PM CST
Rick Koss says ...
If the CEO of Whole Foods believes, regardless of his apology, that health care for everyone is Fascism then I can no longer shop there. The real issue is he is more worried about his millions of dollars in salary more than a national health care system that is actually based in the private sector. Too bad, cause I enjoyed shopping at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 8:04:47 PM CST
Wendy Ashton says ...
You are wrong, private insurance is full of greed and waste. I am sorry that you feel that profits are more important then people that need healthcare. And I am done will be going to Costco.
01/17/2013 8:05:43 PM CST
veronaguy says ...
Mr. Mackey, Why shouldn't your employees, who on average make $10ish an hour, have health insurance as good as yours? Your company's profits under this president that you deride are up over 300%, how much have your employees salaries gone up during the same time? Shame on You!
01/17/2013 8:06:01 PM CST
sherri says ...
Mackey continues to criticize Obama (as he did in 2009), when Whole Foods has turned a tremendous profit under Pesident Obama's leadership (check the records). Mackey is not willng to pass the profits down to his employees healthcare. He is being greedy and he needs to do business in a real "facist" country and see if he does as much business as he has here under the "facist" president in the United States. I WILL NOT shop at Whole Foods any longer and I advise any person that supports growth and fairness to join me in no more shopping at Whole Foods!
01/17/2013 8:06:09 PM CST
Peter Barberie says ...
Dear John Mackey, I shop at your store and I am a gay urban lefty. Totally pink in every old and new sense of the word. I listened to your interviews on NPR and I WAS NOT OFFENDED AT ALL. You were intelligent and thoughtful and I enjoyed listening to you, even though I think you are 100% wrong on Obamacare, which I support. Thank you for speaking honestly and please continue to exercise your free speech.
01/17/2013 8:06:28 PM CST
penelope says ...
To the CEO of whole foods..your total disregard for the health of not only your employes who do such a great service for you, but for others in this country who have been held hostage to ceo's of the insurance industry in only providing health coverage to the healthy....I am boycotting your stores and will encourage everyone I know to do likewise...maybe you might end of needing Obamacare.
01/17/2013 8:06:44 PM CST
Dan says ...
My last trip to Whole Foods was my last trip. I have other options and will go those stores instead.
01/17/2013 8:06:50 PM CST
Cathy Wheeler says ...
Mr. Mackey: I was excited when Whole Foods decided to open a store in Tampa, FL and have shopped their virtually every other week since then. I love the cheese section. However, due to your current health care comments I will no longer shop at Whole Foods in Tampa or anywhere else I go. Please know that other family members were also disturbed by your comments and will no longer shop at Whole Foods. Maybe you should spend a little time with the owner of Cosco...he could teach you a bit about making money while taking care of employees. You make plenty of money, I'm sure you won't miss us! You can find us at Trader Joe's in Sarasota!
01/17/2013 8:07:48 PM CST

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