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CEO Of Whole Foods Against Health Care Plan

August 13, 2009

I think some people might want to consider where they spend their money after reading this column written by John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.  When you shop at Whole Foods (often referred to as Whole Paycheck) be mindful of where your money is going.

In part he wrote the following.

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America.

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

If you can afford it. 

He left out that part.

7 Comments
  1. September 1, 2009 11:00 PM

    Just a quick comment.

    The ‘silent majority’ can’t afford to shop there.

    That is not a snide comment.

    It is however true that Whole Foods is often termed “Whole Paycheck” and for that reason the silent majority will shop elsewhere.

    That I am sure of.

  2. Cathy C. Runyan-Svacina permalink
    September 1, 2009 9:49 PM

    Have people forgotten the 1st amendment which includes Freedom of Speech? John Mackey did just what Pres. Obama asked everyone to do. While on his campaign trail, Obama asked people to step forward and share their differing opinions….and now Obama’s backers want to boycott Mackey for doing just that? Ironically, many people who have never shopped at Whole Foods before are now turning out in droves to BUYcott…not BOYcott to show their support for John Mackey and his suggestions for Health Reform. It looks like the voice of reason may be coming from the silent majority.

  3. tanya permalink
    August 27, 2009 11:37 AM

    Free speach and opinions are all well and fine, but using your power and the news to blast heath care is not just an opinion if he is using the company name. He is trying to use his power to sway by making such an article. By boycotting, we are using ours.

    Shame on him for putting the company at risk for his opinions.

  4. August 21, 2009 10:11 PM

    Or we might stay and fix the problems here. You call it socialism, we call it democracy.

  5. John Mackey fanclub permalink
    August 21, 2009 9:40 PM

    Where did freedom go? A solid company that employs americans and provides insurance to his employees is being boycotted for giving his opinion and a rational, cost effective alternative to Obama care. Shame on all of you. Please relocate to Russia where socialism is acceptable.

  6. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    August 14, 2009 8:34 AM

    Foxwood: My apologies, my ADD kicked in while I was reading your post. You lost me at “In 1794”. What does any of this have to do with the Whole Paycheck CEO not being for ObamaCare?

    PS: We shop at Aldi if that helps.

  7. Foxwood permalink
    August 13, 2009 6:03 PM

    In 1794, Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

    Constitutional limits on federal power are explained by James Madison in Federalist Paper No. 45: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined… be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.”

    Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Pennsylvania Representative Albert Gallatin, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated. Whensoever the General Federal Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

    In a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, James Madison said, “The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction”.

    So why would healthcare even be an issue?

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