Whole Foods CEO's Health Care Alternative

by the Left Coast Rebel

This one is interesting on several different levels, I found it here, ABC news of all places. Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey is skeptical, to say the least, of current health care proposals. He put up a list of alternative ideas and measures in a Wall Street Journal editorial.

He prefaces his piece with a Margaret Thatcher quote -

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people's money."

Nicely done, apparently this has enraged many of his customers in the nuts and fruits crowd. Can you hear them? Eegads! He's said the 'S' word, we must boycott, no longer will I buy my hemp sandals, granola and organic goodies from a corporate toady that has the nerve to say the 'S' word and to deny equal access to health care!

From ABC - 33 year old Michael Lent of Long Beach CA -

"I'm boycotting Whole Foods because all Americans need health care! While Macke is worried about health care and stimulus spending, he doesn't seem too worried about expensive wars and tax breaks for the wealthy...." (Wow, of course he is from my state, why the rage in the Left still, why the talking points? Your college-campus radical is in the White House. You can't stand one voice of dissent, of differing view. The Left is so open-minded and tolerant, right?).

Here's another, Ms Taylor of New Jersey -

"I will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods, I think a CEO should take care that if he speaks about politics, that his beliefs reflect at least the majority of his clients." (Wow again, perhaps she could get a job in the White House with the attitude on display, she would be amongst friends).

Some of Macke's points from the WSJ piece here that has the hemp crowd so riled up -

  • Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.

  • Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.

  • Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

  • Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?

This is radical stuff folks! I mean, come on tort reform? Transparent costs? Interstate competition? I mean, come on this sounds like capitalism. Off with his head!

Anyway, I digress. My hat is tipped to a CEO of any company that espouses freedom and open markets over central planning. Most CEOs in today's world are quite neutered and fear 'rocking the boat'. I remember Macke being interviewed by John Stossel for Stossel's Sick In America series that aired last year. He made a lot of sense. And by the way, Michael Lent of Long Beach CA - Macke is a libertarian, (gasp!), and therefore most likely against the Iraq war. Your talking point diatribe doesn't apply, we in the liberty crowd can't be painted with such a broad-brush.

Enjoy the video.


  1. Did I have one too many? Whole Foods CEO? The supermarket of the left? Wonders never cease...

  2. Just to let everyone know that evidently blogger is having issues with updating everyone's blog lists, so I'm going blog whoring with my url. I suggest that maybe everyone follow suit so as to keep our regulars updated.


  3. Ahh, I can post again, Tim. Don't know what happened before.

  4. I am a Whole Foods shopper who completely supports the suggestions laid out by the Whole Foods' CEO. (I am knowledgeable about tort reform, but I support all the other suggestions.)

    You cannot legislate goods and services into existence. Mandating certain elements be a part of all insurance contracts and incentivizing people to be on employeer-captive plans are not doing any favors for the poor.

    We need to have an upfront discussion about our moral obligation to sacrifice a little to provide for the poor and stop trying to pretend like gov't can solve it by rearranging the pieces of the puzzle.

    Congress' plan, in their current work-in-progress forms, is inefficient, doesn't get the job done completely, and tinkers with stuff that is currently working okay. I am frustrated with my party over this plan. Kudos to the Whole Foods' CEO.

  5. Good luck tree frog lickers with the "whole boycott" thing. Hope you're smart enough to grow your own, you know the old stupid way of our forefathers, those dumb guys. Be sure to go get a permit, make sure its organic, you know, made of paper from trees. Go the extra length and get the super-duper recycled version.
    I'm, for one, am proud he has used evil capitalism to feed the idiots organic manure, like there is another type of bullshite.
    Really, LCReb, my point is this -- About time company owners, ceos,and board members begin taking a stand against the gubbermint hostility towards business and citizen liberty. BRAVO, Mr. Mackey, BRAVO!

  6. Even I did not expect him to wreck this country in 200 days. His govt takeover of the car industry, the banking industry and his attempt at the takeover of the health industry is nothing more than a socialist/marxist grab at total power. He is a foreign born national who has neither the care for Americans or their country. His teachers were Marxists (not my words, HIS) and he is dooming this country to become a dictatorship likened to that of a third world country. This was a coup staged by the DNC and a power grab of those in the Senate....stand up people, it will get worse if you don't

  7. @ Blue - I agree, sometimes common sense and free market ideals make us strange bedfellows...

    @ CJ - Great points, I repsect your opinion.

    @ Landshark - Haha.

    @ Beth - I know, it is shocking and startling, I think we are making a dent on stopping the socialized med freight train, there is hope, keep on fighting!


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