Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Whole-Grain Health Reform
Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2009 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 08/19/2009 9:38:51 AM PDT by La Lydia

Now is the time for all good capitalists to shop at Whole Foods. Not only will you get great produce, fresh meat, fish and healthy to-go meals, but you'll irritate those who think that President Obama's health-care plan isn't quite progressive enough. John Mackey, co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market -- green missionary and exemplar of corporate compassion -- has riled hard-core reformers by endorsing free-market principles over government-managed health care.

Well, knock me over with a wakame frond. (That's seaweed for you tofu-averse.) ...If you're unlucky enough to live in a city without a Whole Foods store, you may not be able to fully appreciate the deliciousness of this food fight. When it comes to corporate responsibility, Mackey's company's core values read like a Happy Face Manifesto, pledging allegiance to sustainability, caring about our communities and environment, even "delighting our customers." But also -- brace yourself -- "creating wealth through profits & growth."

Is there room in a post-compassionate-conservative nation for a caring capitalist? Whole Foods...is what we used to call a "health food store," though Mackey's creation feels relatively mainstream compared to the early granola boutiques that made you feel like you have to assume the lotus position to gain entrance...

"Comprehensive" may be the scariest word in the English language when it tumbles from the lips of a politician. Instead of trying to revamp every aspect of the health-care system, Congress should follow Mackey's lead and tackle a few fixable problems with consensus and support from Americans, who, though frustrated with the status quo, aren't quite ready to surrender self-determination.

Mackey's ideas aren't necessarily the only route, but they offer a path that is pro-market, pro-individual and pro-choice -- all concepts that are organic to America and, like spinach, good for you.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; commonsense; employers; mackey; obamacare; wholefoods
For once she gets it right.
1 posted on 08/19/2009 9:38:51 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Nitwit Parker trying to find the middle ground.


2 posted on 08/19/2009 9:41:21 AM PDT by Nonstatist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nonstatist

Wasn’t there another thread this past week asking FREEPERS TO BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS??


3 posted on 08/19/2009 9:44:37 AM PDT by Kackikat (There is no such thing as a free lunch, because someone paid, somewhere.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia; Nonstatist; Kackikat

I read Mr. Mackey’s WSJ editorial. I was indeed pleasantly surprised. A wealthy capitalist who actually believes in capitalism for everyone! A health food missionary who does not believe in diet coercion! I also noted the WSJ editorial blurb of yesterday that pointed out the nutroots rage against Mackey as an apostate.

Call me a “crunchy con” if you must, but I think a goodly proportion of health nutz are libertarian by nature. For those of you who swing that way, you’ll understand that nutritional supplements, organic food and alternative health treatments have been under continual siege by medical/agricultural/industrial complex for decades in a similar manner to gun rights or property rights.

Furthermore, a great many leftist arugula-eaters will fight rather than let Obama take away their food and healthcare options.

Strange bedfellows but potential allies nonetheless.


4 posted on 08/19/2009 9:53:34 AM PDT by sinanju
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kackikat

“Wasn’t there another thread this past week asking FREEPERS TO BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS??”

The ones I saw here were pro-Mackey. I certainly am pro-Mackey. There were irritated liberals who wanted to boycott the stores. Dumbasses for sure.


5 posted on 08/19/2009 9:54:10 AM PDT by Dudoight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

I’m going to shop there, in spite of Kathleen Parker.


6 posted on 08/19/2009 9:55:49 AM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia
Kathleen Parker

Stopped clock...

Twice a day...

7 posted on 08/19/2009 9:57:32 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Prov1322

That’s what I thought. But I loved the line about having to assume the lotus position to enter a granola boutique. Physically impossible.


8 posted on 08/19/2009 9:59:06 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Safeway grocery stores and WalMart are also BIG proponents of Health Savings Accounts, wellness and other private market solutions.

Note that nearly all HSA eligible plans cover preventive care visits and tests at 100%, with NO deductible or co-pay. They also usually have very good web based wellness programs, and deep (70% or more) drug and vision discounts.

These plans are what the government wants to engineer by mandate and a lot of your money. Yet, the market came up with them all by itself.


9 posted on 08/19/2009 9:59:24 AM PDT by Wiseghy ("How's that 'hopey, changy' thing work'in out fer ya?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

There should be a “no post” rule for Kathleen Parker’s boring articles - like this one. Perhaps we could have a “boring alert” tag.


10 posted on 08/19/2009 9:59:31 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

They are nice stores and their cheese selection is fantastic, but they are spendy!


11 posted on 08/19/2009 10:01:32 AM PDT by Lorianne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

I usually don’t like her either. But this is one of her better efforts. If you don’t like her, instead of demanding censorship, how’s about you JUST DON’T BOTHER TO READ IT?


12 posted on 08/19/2009 10:07:27 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: sinanju

From one crunchy con to another, I agree.


13 posted on 08/19/2009 10:28:58 AM PDT by PrincessB (The comments written under this section shall not be treated as comments)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: sinanju
I thought exactly the same thing, actually spent $40 there yesterday. The wife was found to have a cholesterol issue, and they have the correct food to solve it. Most of these granolas hate huge government and probably lean toward libertarianism, but don't know it. Its a matter of educating people. I talked to the lady who runs our local farmers market, and she was surprised to hear Baired ("But He's A Democrat!) voted for the "Kill the small Farmer" Bill, AKA food safety act.
14 posted on 08/19/2009 10:31:52 AM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Who wrote this blatant commercial? And is Wholefoods the only health food store? C’moooon!


15 posted on 08/19/2009 11:21:44 AM PDT by RoadTest (The Truth shall make you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RoadTest

I don’t know of any other chains of whole foods supermarkets, at least not on the East Coast. There used to be a very good chain, Wild Oats, but I think Whole Foods bought them.


16 posted on 08/19/2009 11:26:11 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

” don’t know of any other chains of whole foods supermarkets, at least not on the East Coast.”

So it’s a local problem.


17 posted on 08/19/2009 11:33:13 AM PDT by RoadTest (The Truth shall make you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: RoadTest
No. Whole Foods is a nationwide chain. I am unfamiliar with any other nationwide chain of whole foods stores. They might exist, I just don't know about them, living my insular existence here in Washington, DC/VA. I do know of an excellent whole foods store in Mexico City, in the Condessa neighborhood, called The Green Corner, but it is not Whole Foods. It is trying to expand into a chain.

As for it being a local problem, the reason Mackey's WSJ article had so much impact is that his chain is large, operates in many states, and insures all of its employees. So no, the Whole Foods boycott isn't just local.

18 posted on 08/19/2009 11:48:06 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Oh no, never censor Kathleen Parker - she’s too much fun to poke at! It’s just that only her incendiary and bigoted columns should be posted. The boring ones will put people to sleep - hence the need for a “Boring Alert”.


19 posted on 08/19/2009 12:09:46 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

I wasn’t the one who wanted to censor her. She is the Post’s idea of a “conservative.”


20 posted on 08/19/2009 12:13:51 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Hey, you accused ME of wanting to censor her and I never did such a thing. We should, however, label her and add either a “barf alert” when she says something incendiary or “Boring Alert” when she mumbles dully.


21 posted on 08/19/2009 12:15:25 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

How else am I supposed to interpret “There should be a “no post” rule for Kathleen Parker’s boring article”? A no-post rule means her column is not allowed, that is, it is censored. I do plead guilty for omitting to post a barf alert.


22 posted on 08/19/2009 12:19:01 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Sorry to you for my original post. I meant there should be some form of descriptive post for Kathleen Parker’s articles. Either “Barf Alert” or “Boring Alert” and, for the record, I have a small garden in my back yard with over 11 trees that I planted myself. I’m green, just not red on the inside, you know what I mean?


23 posted on 08/19/2009 12:44:14 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

Ooooh. What kind of trees? The only productive tree that grows where I live is a fig. Where I grew up, we had lemon, orange, apricot, cherry and avocado trees in the yard. I loved those trees and no fruit has ever tasted as good.


24 posted on 08/19/2009 12:50:21 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

The garden is already producing really great tomatoes and green bell peppers. I have one peach tree - the fruit is still too small, and two apple trees that need another six to nine years or maybe less to produce apples. The rest of the trees are maples, oak and evergreens.

These were trees I planted after buying a new construction home. About four trees died in the first year. So, the total trees planted is 15.


25 posted on 08/19/2009 2:24:31 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Dudoight

I had just remembered a thread and the word boycott associated with Whole Foods...thanks.


26 posted on 08/19/2009 4:12:46 PM PDT by Kackikat (There is no such thing as a free lunch, because someone paid, somewhere.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: sinanju

Congress already passed FOOD SAFETY ACT of 2009, that allows corporations to grow foods, and limits our right to grow our own organic foods..several months ago, and there was not enough concern on FR about it. There should have been a huge protest against the bill.


27 posted on 08/19/2009 4:15:25 PM PDT by Kackikat (There is no such thing as a free lunch, because someone paid, somewhere.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Guess what? Just yesterday my wife picked out four more trees to plant!


28 posted on 08/24/2009 8:06:30 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

What kind? Fruit? I have been thinking about attempting a tree peony. No fruit, but they are beautiful. Am trying to figure out if they will grow here. My regular peonies do very well.


29 posted on 08/24/2009 8:10:39 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

Where do you live? I’m in southern Illinois and the four trees are of the “Evergreen” family - they will provide a lot of privacy... And they smell great and in the winter we’ll probably dress them up like Christmas trees.


30 posted on 08/24/2009 8:14:55 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: BertWheeler

Northern Virginia. I have some lovely pines behind my deck. When I sit in the room that opens out to the deck with the french doors open, that wonderful fragrance wafts in. It is one of the most beautiful and oddly calming aromas in the world.


31 posted on 08/24/2009 8:17:33 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia

http://www.earthfare.com/

We have one in Raleigh, it is an NC chain. They have stores in NC, SC, GA and TN.


32 posted on 08/24/2009 8:23:34 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: kalee

Looks nice. I liked the tone of their website. Next time I’m in the area I will check them out.


33 posted on 08/24/2009 8:27:28 AM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson