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The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare
The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 12, 2009 | John Mackey

Posted on 08/12/2009 12:55:50 PM PDT by Arguendo

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1 posted on 08/12/2009 12:55:52 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Arguendo

It must drive libs crazt that they purchase their organic/ vegetarian food from this guy’s food chain **giggle**


2 posted on 08/12/2009 12:57:51 PM PDT by paltz
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To: paltz

Truly. I had no idea he was a libertarian, but this is as reasonable and solidly free-market a proposal on healthcare that I’ve seen. And Mackey is pretty much invulnerable to any accusation he is simply a “greedy capitalist.”


3 posted on 08/12/2009 1:03:56 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Arguendo; paltz

This is something I could live with!!


4 posted on 08/12/2009 1:05:11 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: paltz

Personally I don’t shop at “Whole Paycheck” but I agree with their CEO wholeheartedly.


5 posted on 08/12/2009 1:05:21 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Arguendo

It’s a good article, but neither particularly revolutionary nor specific to Whole Paycheck.

It’s more of a compendium of all the things rational people have been asking for for over a decade.

My own company has already instituted a high-deductible plan with HSA contributions.


6 posted on 08/12/2009 1:05:38 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: paltz

The big problem with the Whole Foods approach to healthcare reform is that it doesn’t concentrate money and power in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.


7 posted on 08/12/2009 1:06:21 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Arguendo

Agreed. It was a refreshing read. A quick lookie at his wikipedia profile reveals him to be a pretty reasonable guy - FWIW, he and I share the same outlook on unions.


8 posted on 08/12/2009 1:09:11 PM PDT by thefrankbaum (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam)
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HSA+catastrophic coverage plans (i.e. saving money + traditional insurance) is indeed a good model.

The only real improvement I’d suggest is to impose a premium structure which would enable the following: the money put into the HSA each year still rolls over year over year, but at year N, rolled-over money from year N-2 and earlier year can either

(1) 100% roll over as well; or
(2) 90% roll over, and 10% out as cash

Imbuing money in the HSA with a degree of liquidity would put an additional incentive to shop around for value - and thus put more downward pressure on health costs - without introducing arbitrary market distortions.


9 posted on 08/12/2009 1:16:17 PM PDT by M203M4 (NEW New Deal: A pot through every window!)
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True. But at this point we don't need anything revolutionary, we need people effectively communicating the free-market alternative. Pieces like this show how simple reform can be (while making it clear that it is in fact reform, not just more of the same), in stark contrast with the 1000-page plan the Democrats are putting forward.

The Republicans’ biggest failure may be that they didn't enact something like this when they had the chance. Had they done so, I doubt a fundamental overhaul of the system would even be on the table right now.

10 posted on 08/12/2009 1:16:29 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: M203M4

(10% without penalty)


11 posted on 08/12/2009 1:22:28 PM PDT by M203M4 (NEW New Deal: A pot through every window!)
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To: Arguendo

Terrific article! Thank you for posting this.


12 posted on 08/12/2009 1:25:21 PM PDT by mlizzy
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To: Arguendo

I should have re-posted/replied that it was, indeed, refreshing to see an American CEO standing up and telling it like it is.

I give the guy credit for stating the obvious, when the obvious is not often stated.


13 posted on 08/12/2009 1:30:35 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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Pretty good.
More and more people I know are choosign the HSA plans.

Right now, my family’s medical needs fit the older, lower-deductible and “Flex Spending Account” model, but I think the idea of “insurance” is being re-thought and returned to the original concept.


14 posted on 08/12/2009 1:33:15 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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Especially since he’s in a business where his many of his customers may intentionally boycott his company if they see this...


15 posted on 08/12/2009 2:03:18 PM PDT by Arguendo
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Great article. I’ve posted these same things multiple times here, as have others, and the GOP should be flooding the airwaves with this. I’ve shopped at Whole Foods for 15+ yrs and am glad to hear Mackey say these things. There is a reason that it consistently ranks as one of the top companies in the country to work for. They also have some of the best pizza in town.


16 posted on 08/12/2009 2:18:03 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: Arguendo; paltz
Truly. I had no idea he was a libertarian, but this is as reasonable and solidly free-market a proposal on healthcare that I’ve seen. And Mackey is pretty much invulnerable to any accusation he is simply a “greedy capitalist.”

Have you seen the prices in Whole Foods?

17 posted on 08/12/2009 7:34:13 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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18 posted on 08/12/2009 7:35:10 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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I am a devoted fan of Whole Foods and after this, I will go there even more often. I just ignore the liberal magazines and focus on the awesome food.

Whole Foods rocks!!!!!


19 posted on 08/13/2009 10:58:57 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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No way i’ll ever eat organic food!

It’s either raised with chemical fertalizers and pesticides or I’m not eating it!

20 posted on 08/13/2009 11:04:00 AM PDT by dalereed
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