Whole Foods Fiasco

Those who purchase food from Whole Foods are not only paying too much, they are supporting a CEO who has opposed the Affordable Care Act at every juncture, calling it fascism at one time and socialism at another. Perhaps he doesn’t know the difference–at least that would be an excuse.

He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but he is not entitled to pretend to operate a health food store and then sell GMO products in it. Even so, the fact that he is wrong about Obamacare and that he has threatened Whole Foods employees with it, is not acceptable.

I, for one, will not buy his overpriced faux organic food, especially when there are better alternatives like United Market and Trader Joes and Costco.

Furthermore, since the insurance industry has done such a terrible job of the medical delivery, the ACA is a minimal move and not the Medicare for All that would copy what some of the most advanced countries are doing (Germany, France, England, Spain, The Netherlands, Japan, even Brazil.)

Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn’t ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System’

Posted: 12/19/2013 9:58 am EST  |  Updated: 12/19/2013 9:58 am EST

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey doesn’t want the government running America’s health care system.

Mackey joined Fox News’ Stuart Varney on Wednesday to discuss the rollout of President Obama’s health care overhaul, better known as Obamacare. Mackey said that while he considered the law’s controversial exchanges — the online marketplaces where Americans can shop for insurance — a “good idea,” he opposed the basic idea of government overly involving itself in the health care sector.

“I don’t think there’s good reason for the government to take over the entire health care system,” Mackey said. “Instead we ought to let the marketplace work, let employers and employees or individuals and insurance companies come to terms. We do that in car insurance, we do that in life insurance, we can do that in health insurance as well.”

Mackey’s thoughts on Obamacare are well-documented. Earlier this year the CEO of the upscale supermarket chain told NPR that Obamacare was “more like fascism” than socialism, a comment for which he later apologized. Years earlier in a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mackey referred to what would become the 2010 law as a “massive new health-care entitlement.”

Mackey did express support for some government involvement Wednesday, saying there’s “nothing wrong” with the government subsidizing the poorest Americans’ health insurance. He also explained that he thought the Obamacare exchanges were a good idea in theory. “It’s at least consolidating insurers,” he said.

When Varney told Mackey he sounded like a libertarian, Mackey responded, “I’ve been accused of that more than once.” He continued: “I’m a conscious capitalist. I believe in capitalism. I believe free markets are the best way to organize society and any system that supports capitalism, I’m in favor of.”



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