Skip to comments.Whole Foods Fight
Posted on 08/17/2009 2:44:02 PM PDT by reaganaut1
Of all the sideshows to the Great 2009 Health Care Debate, the Whole Foods boycott may take the prize as the most unexpected.
Last Wednesday, John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods, took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to opine that we clearly need health care reform, but arguing against the solutions being put forward by the administration: The last thing our country needs is a massive new health care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health care system.
Mackey went on to offer eight ideas for reforms, including these four:
Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).
Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and arent covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Childrens Health Insurance Program.
Reaction from pro-reform Whole Foods shoppers was swift and vociferous. As Brian Beutler noted the next day at TPM DC, Whole Foods Web site has been fielding angry comments all afternoon, and has had to set up an online forum where customers can vent their frustrations, and, oh, call for a boycott!
Heres a thought, added Beutler. If you own a major supermarket chain that caters to a great deal of liberal-minded people with money, dont rail against the evils of health care reform in The Wall Street Journal.
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I shopped at Whole Foods today for the first time in ages.
Give this guy some support for having the courage to talk common sense. No wonder his company makes money.
More proof this issue has nothing to do with “lowering the cost of health care”. How can anyone who shops at Whole Foods complain about the cost of ANYTHING?
I would like to support the guy, but a store that charges $13 for a lb of sliced turkey should be avoided. Its not called Whole Check for nothing.
Here’s a thought, Buttler. Cram it down your pie-hole.
When the Dixie Chicks bit the hand that fed them, the NYT was all up in arms about conservative country fans being too hard on them. That they had a right to speak their minds without fear or alienating their fans.
Turn the situation around and they tell the conservative he should shut up rather than alienate his customers.
Notice they didn’t take time to discuss his ideas. Do they have merit?
Unreal. Mackey wasn’t partisan, strident or in any way unfair or bombastic. He offered a reasonable, rational alternative to the ridiculous Democratic healthcare plan. This shows how Stalinist and intolerant the Democratic party has become. They can’t even deal with substantive opposition even as they dishonestly claim their only problem is with the boisterous townhall protesters, not with intelligent and considered opposition. These boycott threats put the lie to that claim.
Oh, and I’ll be INCREASING my business at Whole Foods.
I have done the majority of our grocery shopping at Whole Foods for 20 years.
All of the times that I've shopped at Whole Paycheck(tm) recently, I was using OPM to purchase meal preps for parties that I cooked for.
It's not so bad shopping there when it's someone else's (customer's) plastic that gets the charge. ;)
Yeah, but the cheese, selection and produce are something, I must say. They have aged steaks, which is almost unheard of anymore. Celery tastes like celery. Even for this codger, it’s...
Now I am hungry. Just the thought of those tarts. (as in real bakery tarts....)
Same here. Just got back in fact.
Aw, I was expecting a story about people slinging organic produce at each other.
Im going too, and telling them why!
It’s because liberals only think in slogans, chants and sound bites. They can’t handle anything more in-depth.
... and catch-phrases. Forgot the catchphrases.
I call it “Whole Paychecks” since it’s so expensive. But I’ll be shopping there once in while just to give them my support.
I dont have a Whole Foods any near our place, but my sister does so I sent a couple of hundred to buy me some stuff.
Got to support this guy.
“More proof this issue has nothing to do with lowering the cost of health care. How can anyone who shops at Whole Foods complain about the cost of ANYTHING?”
I wish there were one within 50-100 miles of me (there isn’t.) I’d at least buy something small, like a ginger root or a package of yogurt starter. Wish they did mail order. I’d love to support them.
Mackey’s ideas are sound and seem well thought out as opposed to the knee-jerk government solution the left supports. He’s a self-described lower-case “L” libertarian and these ideas are a whole lot better than the crap the democrats have come up with and mostly better than what the republicans have as well.
The last time I was at Whole Foods, I was looking for a special type of cheese. I found it, but I saw so many people with Obama shirts it just grated on me. I put the cheese back and vowed not to go back. Maybe I’ll go back and get that cheese now being I won’t have to see those pesky people anymore.
Actually you are incorrect. They are actually given a small microchip in the lobe of the brain that controls intelligence and directs them to repeat satellite transmitted crap from the DNC.
If we can just isolate the frequency and jam it.....
This is why all the tinfoil is made from aluminum these days.
The meats and poultry at Whole Foods are worth the extra cost over traditional supermarket places like Star Market or Stop and Shop and their counterparts elsewhere. It's free ranging,not pumped up with hormones, and less fatty. It tastes better and is better for you.
This "Whole Paycheck" thing is a misnomer if you actually shop there for normal things. The produce and dairy sections are excellent and comparable in price to regular supermarkets - only the food is of much higher quality. Just stay away from the exotic yuppie stuff and keep away from the prepared food section and you should protect your wallet quite nicely. As a general rule, I avoid any product that brags on their labeling that 10% of their profits go to some "save the whale" or "feed starving children in Somalia" project and I do okay.
Also, any label that mentions "global warming" or "carbon credit offset" stays out of my basket as well. And when the cashier patronizingly asks me if I brought my own bags for the groceries to save on paper, I tell them no and then I'm sure to tell the bagger to double-bag my stuff.