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Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/18/2013

Posted on 12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST by markomalley

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey spoke with Fox News’ Stuart Varney Wednesday to discuss the negative impact Obamacare is having on the health food retailer.

Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass the cost on to Whole Foods employees.

Obamacare mandates that employers must provide health care coverage for employees working more than 30 hours a week, a requirement that Mackey says is counterintuitive.

“[The mandate] creates the wrong incentives for employers. It creates incentive for fewer full time workers and more part time,” Mackey said. “If all our competitors are going that direction, we’ll probably have that same kind of incentive to do the same.”

Whole Foods has maintained a 75 percent full time and 25 percent part time work structure, something Mackey says is unusual in retail. Because of Obamacare, Whole Foods will be forced to adjust the full time/part time ratio to 70/30.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; grocery; obamacare; wholefoods
He has been rather outspoken against Obamacare since the beginning...

Oh, and by the way, his campaign contributions have been either Republican or Libertarian...(in case anybody wants to know)

(link to FEC search) -- he's the John Mackey from Austin.

1 posted on 12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

His workforce seems to be mostly obamabots, at least in this area.


2 posted on 12/18/2013 6:57:43 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: markomalley

His workforce seems to be mostly obamabots, at least in this area.

Same with most of the customers.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 6:58:01 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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Great place to shop.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 6:58:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: markomalley

Sometimes when I go there I think I have walked into an extended NPR segment.

Not a good thing.


5 posted on 12/18/2013 6:59:10 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: markomalley

Sounds like a smart guy...


6 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:09 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: markomalley

Just Whole Foods?! Hell just about every business in the whole country Just about every business is being lobotomized by this atrocious legislation, as intended, of course.


7 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:16 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Chickensoup

Your right by and large, except for one, my CPA daughter! She’s anything but.

I must be honest and say she moved on after 4 years working in the same offices as Mackey.


8 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:20 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: markomalley

Although a self-proclaimed libertarian, he has some nutty left-wing beliefs (anti-vax paranoia, etc)


9 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:48 PM PST by oblomov
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To: Chickensoup

Considering 90% of his customers are Dem Obama voters, boo hoo hoo ...


10 posted on 12/18/2013 7:02:53 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Chickensoup
Sometimes when I go there I think I have walked into an extended NPR segment.

Nearest Whole Foods to me is downtown Silver Spring...I don't waste my time going there.

Having said that, I feel the same way going to Wegman's.

But I like good food, so I deal with it.

11 posted on 12/18/2013 7:04:06 PM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: oblomov
Although a self-proclaimed libertarian, he has some nutty left-wing beliefs (anti-vax paranoia, etc)

If he doesn't want to push his Alex Jones peculiarities on me, then God bless him.

12 posted on 12/18/2013 7:05:20 PM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Col Frank Slade

why would you have a problem with someone relieving Liberals of their/our money?


13 posted on 12/18/2013 7:05:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

http://youtu.be/2UFc1pr2yUU


14 posted on 12/18/2013 7:10:07 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Chickensoup

His workforce seems to be mostly obamabots, at least in this area.

Same with most of the customers

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And Whole Foods supported GMO labeling in Washington state, which would have cost the average family big bux on their food

My conservative and libertarian friends were all saying tha
if he wants it, let Whole Foods label it for their customers who can afford it, not burden working families trying to feed a family

And heck, I like Fritos with my home-made chili. Do I really care if the corn is GMO? I am already have a salt and fat fest with the things. Oh, and did I mention the cheese and the sour cream?


15 posted on 12/18/2013 7:11:54 PM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Chickensoup

All foods considered...


16 posted on 12/18/2013 7:13:14 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: markomalley

That is stunning since I always think that Whole Foods is a liberal type company. I have never stepped foot in the place because I believe that they are Obama lover liberals and I might have to smoke a joint, not take a shower for weeks, etc. Just my impression on the place and people I know who go there….really liberal types.


17 posted on 12/18/2013 7:15:35 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
It's kind of strange how it works, isn't it?

Think of almost anything that ordinary people use during the course of a typical day: food, housing, clothing, a car, etc. If there is a business establishment out there that caters to a customer base that spends 20% to 100% more for something that any middle-class person would pay for the same thing (think of your associates who shop in high-end stores and drive high-end cars), there's a damn good chance that a disproportionate number of those customers are leftists.

18 posted on 12/18/2013 7:22:31 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Yep. You are so right….perfect overview!


19 posted on 12/18/2013 7:26:40 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Col Frank Slade

Can’t say I see how that answers my question.

Why would you not want to take as much money from these idiots as you can?


20 posted on 12/18/2013 7:28:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: napscoordinator

But the Republican Party is the party of the rich, right? LOL.


21 posted on 12/18/2013 7:31:45 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Chickensoup

I guarantee there are a lot more obama lovers than haters at Whole Foods. And their prices are way too high. Sprout’s is about to give them a run for their money.


22 posted on 12/18/2013 7:43:08 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Gene Eric

Great place to shop.”

That would be true. But not a good place to shop when you are on a very limited income or have a large family to feed.


23 posted on 12/18/2013 8:02:51 PM PST 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: Grams A

Agreed. I’ve only been to a few when traveling. It’s an impressive operation in my limited experience.


24 posted on 12/18/2013 8:07:23 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Chickensoup

That’s not what I notice at my Whole Foods. Mostly a conservative crowd with a lot of pickups in the parking lot. I don’t think too many liberals shop at Whole Foods - usually they go to the Wal-Mart Super Store.


25 posted on 12/18/2013 8:12:21 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: markomalley

Great, but I bet all the employees are libs. Therefore.....cry me a river....


26 posted on 12/18/2013 8:16:43 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: oblomov

Took the guy’s deposition several years ago and he showed up barefooted and claimed he didn’t know who his employer was.


27 posted on 12/18/2013 8:23:02 PM PST by Benito Cereno
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To: Alberta's Child

I remember reading an article in the WSJ many, many years ago about a writer interviewing a scientists about natural and artificial fertilizers.

Q: What did people do before the advent of artificial fertilizers.

A: People used shit for fertilizers and died at a much younger age.


28 posted on 12/18/2013 9:25:30 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: markomalley

It appears that few FReepers posting on this thread shop or have ever step foot in a Whole Foods. It’s not just rich, liberal hippies who shop there. I shop at Whole Foods and I’m far from liberal and far from rich. People of all walks of life have different priorities no matter how much money they have or what kind of auto they drive. It makes me ashamed to see FReepers denigrate with such a wide brush those who choose to spend their money somewhere different than they themselves would choose. You sound like the snide, self-righteous liberals you abhor.


29 posted on 12/18/2013 11:42:59 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You think you know me. You don't.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Healthy food is a subject I can easily talk to by liberal neighbors about. We can agree on the merits and then I can point out how Obama is on record for supporting Monsanto and how great it is that WF will label GMO without the government mandating it. At least in California, WF will be labeling all GMO product by the year 2016 (or 18?) on their own accord without the government telling them they must.

John Mackey, is is also co-author of the book Conscious Capitalism which was displayed prominently in the Whole Foods of my liberal leaning town. It's fantastic that the shoppers are exposed to ideas they would not see at their local book store.

30 posted on 12/19/2013 2:16:14 AM PST by Thidwick
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To: Chickensoup

I thought liberals hate Whole Foods, because they are non-union. I am so confused....


31 posted on 12/19/2013 3:23:04 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: angry elephant

And Whole Foods supported GMO labeling in Washington state, which would have cost the average family big bux on their food

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That is probably the ONLY thing I don’t mind about them. LOL


32 posted on 12/19/2013 6:32:59 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Army Air Corps

All foods considered...

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nice


33 posted on 12/19/2013 6:33:30 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: SamAdams76

That’s not what I notice at my Whole Foods. Mostly a conservative crowd with a lot of pickups in the parking lot. I don’t think too many liberals shop at Whole Foods - usually they go to the Wal-Mart Super Store.

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Not that way here...that’s for sure....you can just hear the NPR Nasal Drone buzzing through the store.


34 posted on 12/19/2013 6:37:14 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: castlegreyskull

I thought liberals hate Whole Foods, because they are non-union. I am so confused....

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So are they....lol


35 posted on 12/19/2013 6:38:39 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Gene Eric

Where I live, the store is referred to as “Whole Paycheck “.


36 posted on 12/19/2013 7:51:55 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

LOL.


37 posted on 12/19/2013 10:06:51 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

>> It makes me ashamed to see FReepers denigrate

Sometimes, it’s just for sport. I wouldn’t take the jabs too seriously.


38 posted on 12/19/2013 10:09:34 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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