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Whole Foods CEO Targeted for Health Comments

Monday, 17 Aug 2009 08:22 PM

The national grocery chain Whole Foods is being besieged with angry e-mails and boycott threats after its CEO, John Mackey, opined in The Wall Street Journal that, although healthcare reform is needed, none of the Democratic plans on the table is any good.

Instead Mackey offered a list of his own prescriptions, including:

  • Removing legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

  • Repealing all state laws that prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

  • Enacting tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

  • Revising tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    Reaction from pro-Obama Whole Foods shoppers was swift and vociferous, The New York Times reported. As Brian Beutler noted the next day at TPM DC, Whole Foods' “Web site has been fielding angry comments all afternoon, and has had to set up an online forum where customers can vent their frustrations, and, oh, call for a boycott!”

    “Here’s a thought,” added Beutler. “If you own a major supermarket chain that caters to a great deal of liberal-minded people with money, don’t rail against the evils of healthcare reform in The Wall Street Journal."

    Read the full story at The Opinionator Blog.

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