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Should Whole Foods CEO Have Taken on ObamaCare?
BNET ^ | August 20, 2009 | Steve Tobak

Posted on 08/20/2009 7:18:33 PM PDT by GreatDaggar

Last week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey wrote a gutsy and possibly ill-conceived op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. In The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare, Mackey named “Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.” Sounds great, right? Well, yes and no.

By taking on ObamaCare and pushing for less government, Mackey may have risked harming his company’s business by angering its traditionally left-leaning customer base. The blogosphere is having a field day amidst calls for boycotting Whole Foods:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; ceo; healthcare; johnmackey; mackey; obamacare; wholefoods

1 posted on 08/20/2009 7:18:33 PM PDT by GreatDaggar
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2 posted on 08/20/2009 7:22:00 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: GreatDaggar

What he says makes a lot of sense. People don’t take any personal responsibility for their weight, their intake, their life style, and lack of exercise, ALL OF WHICH affect the organism. People would rather go to the doctor, call in sick, get paid, and have all of the rest of us pay for their LAZINESS and lack of discipline. Go WHOLE FOODS, and the left, ‘get over it’...the guy is on solid ground.


3 posted on 08/20/2009 7:22:28 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: GreatDaggar
Just saw some idiot leading this stupid boycott of Whole Foods on Greta -—
What a fool and a jerk he was.

He was making no sense at all, a total tyrant and Brownshirt bully, would not let anyone else get a word in.

He has some whopper lies too, he said that a majority of doctors wanted single payer, he presumed to speak for a majority of WF employees, he presumed to speak for a majority of WF customers, he claimed that “60 people die every day in this country due to lack of health care” and then tried to lay this bogus, untrue guilt trip on Whole Foods!

I think he hurt his cause a bit.

Anyone who follows that jackass is delusional.

4 posted on 08/20/2009 7:22:38 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: GreatDaggar

This is great, maybe it won’t be so over-run with hippies anymore!


5 posted on 08/20/2009 7:24:06 PM PDT by G Larry ( Obamacare=Dying in Line!)
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To: Kansas58

Support Whole Foods and Free Speech

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116527991450&ref=search&sid=713098340.3652166600..1


6 posted on 08/20/2009 7:24:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GreatDaggar

What exactly is Whole Foods? A supermarket? There is some boycott on Facebook with this.... I wish we could do with this what Rush did with Florida oranje juice years ago. the pinkos were boycotting the co. and his listeners went out in droves buying the juice.. I bought bunches. :)


7 posted on 08/20/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: GreatDaggar

Now it’s safe for conservatives to shop at Whole Foods


8 posted on 08/20/2009 7:28:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GreatDaggar

OPINION

AUGUST 11, 2009, 7:30 P.M. ET.The Whole Foods
Alternative to ObamaCare

Eight things we can do to
improve health care without adding to the deficit.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html


9 posted on 08/20/2009 7:29:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: G Larry
That's the damn truth!

The liberal hippies don't spend any money there anyway...they just come to socialize and mooch on all the freebie food samples and stand around in the way of us real shoppers!

10 posted on 08/20/2009 7:30:54 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (O-B-A-M-A = One Big Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: EmilyGeiger

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/


11 posted on 08/20/2009 7:31:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GreatDaggar

Yes - and we will be shopping there as often as we can from now on.


12 posted on 08/20/2009 7:31:47 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Kansas58

I saw him too, what a miserable excuse for a human being. I’d like to know where he got his “60 people a day die” statistic and his statement that doctors are behind Obamacare. Nothing could be further from the truth. No emergency room in the country would deny anybody life saving health care. He repeated this claim so often it was obvious he had few facts, just a few memorized talking points.


13 posted on 08/20/2009 7:34:51 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Kansas58

What is it these people don’t understand about basic economics? Single-payer, by definition, means higher prices automatically. That is the stunning part of this. 0bama goes around saying he wants “the competition and choice this single-payer system will bring”. Whhhaaaa????? It truly is Orwell’s fiction come to life: “Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength”.


14 posted on 08/20/2009 7:34:55 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength". Orwell)
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To: Kansas58
Just saw some idiot leading this stupid boycott of Whole Foods on Greta -—

If they boycott Whole Foods, where the heck else are they going to be able to pay $8.00 for a tiny wheel of cheese? /s They are just shooting themselves in the Birkenstocks here.

I say good riddance to them. My Whole Foods shopping would be much less crowded (and much better smelling) without them. Plus, I wouldn't have to worry about the tires of my Palin-stickered car getting slashed in the parking lots of WF's Loveable-but-Liberal Austin locations.

15 posted on 08/20/2009 7:39:38 PM PDT by TXBlair (The future Mrs. Lazamataz. The wedding's back on!)
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To: McLynnan

The guy on Gretta should be made a poster freak for those who oppose socialism. How could he even be liked by his mother? What a piece of excrement!!


16 posted on 08/20/2009 7:41:32 PM PDT by Murp
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To: FrdmLvr
The only freedom in Obamacare socialized medicine is take it or leave it, unless you want it and they take it from you. ObamaCare Jokes Obama Jokes
17 posted on 08/20/2009 7:43:20 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: Kansas58
Just saw some idiot leading this stupid boycott of Whole Foods on Greta -— What a fool and a jerk he was.

I saw that dumbass too. He kept on saying that 60 more people will die every day if we don't have a single payer government run health care.

The guy can't be for real.

18 posted on 08/20/2009 7:47:54 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: GreatDaggar

The left is chopping up their own. The background on this guy is quite remarkable. The moonbats receive more rope, I wonder what the outcome will be?


19 posted on 08/20/2009 7:58:38 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: FreeReign

“The guy can’t be for real.”

In his reality, that is reality.

I’m now in Austin, home of Whole Paycheck. I am making a shopping trip there this weekend, and pointedly letting the store’s manager know I’m shopping because of the actions of the founder.

Besides, those steaks in there are wonderful, and if you can get them on sale...


20 posted on 08/20/2009 7:59:42 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: Kansas58

My husband kept repeating during that interview... “what a nut!!”


21 posted on 08/20/2009 8:01:11 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: EmilyGeiger

It’s a greenie market with supposedly no artificial influence on their products. They do alot of local market selling as well. The left attacking this place is nuts.


22 posted on 08/20/2009 8:03:01 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: kcvl
Now it’s safe for conservatives to shop at Whole Foods

And now I don't have to go in camouflage.

23 posted on 08/20/2009 8:03:33 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED. Barack OBORTION is a close second.)
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To: FatherofFive

“And now I don’t have to go in camouflage.”

Do you mean that you kept your McGovern for President tee shirt from your youthful liberal days too? Wow...


24 posted on 08/20/2009 8:05:12 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: McLynnan

Yeah, and he must have repeated that LIE about fifteen times.


25 posted on 08/20/2009 8:10:56 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: diamond6
Yeah, and he must have repeated that LIE about fifteen times.

It was disappointing that Greta and the other guest didn't call the guy on it.

26 posted on 08/20/2009 8:14:40 PM PDT by FreeReign
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Anybody who actually contributes to the economy should have absolutely no say about anything /s


27 posted on 08/20/2009 8:20:35 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

Actually, I don’t feel too sorry for the Whole Foods people.

Their whole “schtick” was to advertise to liberal leftist hip college town people That set them apart from, say, Kroger. Now that crowd has turned on them.

Lie down w/ dogs, rise up with fleas.


28 posted on 08/20/2009 8:23:35 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: GreatDaggar

I love Whole Foods! Even if I was the only car in the parking lot last year without an Obama sticker...


29 posted on 08/20/2009 8:23:48 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: GreatDaggar

I shop at Whole Foods whenever I am in a place where they have one. I can’t wait for one to come to my city. Let the mooching libs go to Earth Fare and leave the better store for those who appreciate their quality and honesty!


30 posted on 08/20/2009 8:27:59 PM PDT by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: FreeReign

I was also disappointed that Greta didn’t rip him a new one. Oh well.


31 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:44 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: GreatDaggar
I love to shop at Whole Foods and their bulk section often has really good sales on granola (yes, I love granola) and four, rice and other staples. You can check out their sales flyer on their website to see their other specials esp. on produce, too.

Also, our homeschool group takes a field trip to WF every year. The person doing the tour is always very friendly, informative and opens up all kinds of things for the kids to try. They also always make pizza for the kids and give them dessert from the bakery -- all at no charge. They are great!

32 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:47 PM PDT by LatinaGOP (But then again, I homeschool)
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To: TXBlair

This is such a hoot. I never shopped at Whole Foods because I think it’s ridiculous to pay extra money and besides I like my plastic bags. But have clients who are so far left they have fallen off the face of the earth. Two of them are totally besides themselves because they can’t shop there because of the boycott and there is “absolutely nowhere else to buy groceries”. And this is in Houston, of all places. Last time I checked, we had at least a thousand grocery stores.


33 posted on 08/20/2009 9:17:58 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: GreatDaggar

Anyone that isn’t a communist should take on obamnicare until it’s totally destroyed!


34 posted on 08/20/2009 9:24:16 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: eyedigress

The left attacking this place is nuts....

Aren’t they anyway? ;)


35 posted on 08/20/2009 11:29:11 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: GreatDaggar

I went to whole foods tonight and bought me some groceries because I heard of the boycott. :) I’m sure it works both ways... besides, most people have their head in the sand, especially in the cities. I doubt the hippies will give up their granola and hemp.


36 posted on 08/20/2009 11:39:00 PM PDT by PureSolace (Trust in God)
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To: Grams A
And this is in Houston, of all places. Last time I checked, we had at least a thousand grocery stores.

LOL!!! No kidding! But there is NOWHERE else to shop, right?!

I don't go to Whole Foods that often because I hate the thought of contributing my $$ to some hippie mecca; plus the nearest location is about an hour away from me. But I love any excuse to run down to Austin, and so I go to Whole Foods sometimes when I have other errands in the area. My favorite WF location is in a shopping center with The Container Store (best. store. on. earth.), REI, and RunTex (running store). That shopping center is MY mecca (offense to Allah intentional).

And yeah, they do give you paper bags, rather than plastic, at least in my experience. One time I even took my own cute little "shopping bag"...and forgot it was in my purse. So I still walked out with a paper bag. I guess Kermit was right: it ain't easy being green (so why bother?).

37 posted on 08/21/2009 3:43:12 PM PDT by TXBlair (The future Mrs. Lazamataz. The wedding's back on!)
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To: TXBlair

Love the Container Store, particularly at Christmas. Austin is too far west/left to go except to play golf! Stopped at WF in the City today and was going to pick up a few things as my part of the protest. Absolutely no where to park for blocks around. Libs boycott is really working!


38 posted on 08/21/2009 6:03:51 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: GreatDaggar
By taking on ObamaCare and pushing for less government, Mackey may have risked harming his company’s business by angering its traditionally left-leaning customer base.

So much for free speech. Funny, no one on the Left has to worry about that problem. Hell Warren Buffet endorsed Obama. Any retribution for him?

39 posted on 08/21/2009 6:06:28 PM PDT by kabar
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