Whole Foods CEO

Whole Foods CEO again got some heat for criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, saying “it’s more like fascism,” and that the government controls “the means of production” in health care.    Geez, why are people not allowed to openly criticize a controversial and possible terrible law especially when it directly affects their company?  I don’t care if it is politically correct.  It is still America!  It is called freedom of speech.  Mackey later had to say, “I regret using that word now because it’s got so much baggage attached to it.  Of course, I was just using the standard dictionary definition.”    Yes, fascism has some baggage because it is a bad thing and because of how it brought on WWII.    Here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition:

  1. a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
  2.  a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
The Affordable Health Act may not be fascism but it is under strong autocratic government control.     And it should be criticized.  Continuously.     Mackey and Whole Foods takes care of its employees better than almost anyone.  They have been ahead of the game  in covering “partners” and having great health plans. Employees are treated great and love working there.    He just feels this administration has taken control out of his company’s hands and I agree.  This Huffington Post article displays only samples of the comments attacking Mackey like he is the devil:
  •  Marcus Poisson, a 52-year-old from Providence, R.I., wrote that he and his wife will never shop at Whole Foods again. Poisson wrote that he used to shop at Whole Foods almost exclusively, sometimes spending $200 a week
  • Julie Best, an educator and pastor from Valencia, Calif., wrote. “I cannot conceive how a CEO of a health food grocery chain that promotes wellness would suggest that any person should be denied access to health care,” she said.
  • Beata Kittas said, “You just lost another customer. Go back to school because you need more education. Using words that you don’t understand.”

I think Mackey is a brilliant guy.  He does understand the words he uses.  He does not want anyone denied healthcare.  He is just wants a system that is affordable and will work.   A poor plan, which he (AND I) believe is the ACA, will bankrupt this system even more and then no one gets adequate care.

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