Whole Foods comes out against health care reform, calls it “socialism”

The CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, just penned an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. It sounds like something written by Dick Armey with the help of Sarah Palin and the teabag brigade. I am absolutely shocked. Joe, an avid Whole Foods shopper, up until this morning, is absolutely devastated.

Read this opinion piece. It’s not just someone who disagrees with President Obama about the details of health care reform. It reads like someone who is a conservative Republican activist. I’d highly suggest you share this article with your progressive friends who, like Joe and me, have for far too long been under the mistaken assumption that Whole Foods was a “good” company. Apparently they’re one of the worst out there. Not just agnostic on doing good, but affirmatively trying to stop good from happening.

When you go to Whole Foods you are bankrolling the conservative Republican effort to kill health care reform and to label Democratic presidents and Democratic values “socialist.” The CEO of Whole Foods thinks you’re a socialist. It’s time to stop giving him your money.

Whole Foods’ co-founder and CEO opens the piece by quoting Margaret Thatcher, in an effort, apparently, to label President Obama’s health care plan as “socialism:

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people’s money.”

—Margaret Thatcher


Then, Mackey implicitly criticizes the stimulus bill (by harping on the deficit), calls health care reform “an entitlement,” and suggests that health care reform would be some kind of “government takeover” – all GOP talking points:

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people’s money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, 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. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone…

Like a good teabagger, he’s accusing Canada and the UK, and I guess France and every other “socialized” country of “rationing”:

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

Oh dear God. He’s actually arguing that most diseases and health care problems wouldn’t happen if we all simply ate our vegetables:

Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.


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