Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

John Mackey is a Libertarian, so he said people should accept personal responsibility for their actions. His op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal also presented a list of items which he felt would help fix the health-care system, without government getting involved up to their elbows. Of the ones I remember reading, many of them made sense. There were a few I wasn’t sure about (and didn’t have time to look into), but nobody hits a home run every time at bat, and at least he’s pointing out things that can be fixed without government just taking it over, as they eventually intend to do. For those things, this group believes Whole Foods should be boycotted.

I especially like this quote from the article: “Whole Foods has built its brand with the dollars of deceived progressives,’ organizers wrote on the ‘Boycott Whole Foods’ Facebook page, which boasts more than 13,000 members.” “Deceived” progressives? As if all the green, eco-friendly, organic and environmentally sound products and services Whole Foods provides to its customers don’t matter, their CEO now has to have the same political beliefs as his customer base, or risk being called a deceiver.

From The Boston Phoenix:

Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care. Mackey alienated some of his customer base with a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last week, in which he endorsed conservative health-care solutions and said, “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.”

Among other things, Mackey’s piece rejected the idea that health care is a basic right. “Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges,” he wrote (though all three are enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights). “A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This ‘right’ has never existed in America.”



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