Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDASQ:WFMI) Chairman John Mackey has drummed up a little bit of controversey by writing a health-care reform piece in the Wall Street Journal.
Whole Foods has about 1.2 million followers on Twitter and has about 100,000 fans on Facebook. Now there is a group dedicated to the boycotting of Whole Foods after the WSJ piece was written. There are 23,000 users that joined the boycott group.
In the WSJ piece he was highly critical of Americans by saying that most of our health-care problems are self-inflicted and that the government should not subsidize healthcare for us. Usually it is not good to diss the people in a country that has made you very wealthy without expecting some sort of a negative response.
Below is an excerpt from the WSJ piece that Mackey wrote.
?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.?
?Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care?to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter??
?Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending?heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity?are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.?
The description of the Whole Foods boycott group is as follows:
John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on August 12, 2009 quoting Margaret Thatcher and suggesting that healthcare is a commodity that only the rich, like him, deserve.
Whole Foods has built its brand with the dollars of deceived progressives. Let them know your money will no longer go to support Whole Foods’ anti-union, anti-health insurance reform, right-wing activities.
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