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The Washington Post has a big write-up on flap over John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Inc. Mackey’s sin was penning an Op-Ed that ran last week in the Wall Street Journal taking a conservative position on the ongoing health-care debate:
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.
The Mackey prescription amounts, really, to a lot of painless non-solutions, like just changing a bunch of laws to let the free market hold greater sway in the provision of health care. One of his proposals, in fact, is to enact tort reform to free doctors from frivolous lawsuits, a classic prescription that would do nothing but prevent people who’ve been wronged by the medical profession from recouping damages.
Anyhow, who cares, right—-a CEO favors a small-government solution to a big problem.
Oh, but people care. Mackey and Whole Foods are getting battered by irate progressives who are outraged that the CEO of such a progressive company would put his name to a conservative viewpoint. This is from the Post story: “‘Dear Store Manager,’ a member of the Boycott Whole Foods Facebook group wrote, ‘The 30 risotto cakes that I purchased from Jenkintown Whole Foods, last Friday, were scrumptious. But today they are giving me indigestion of the soul as I realize that my money may have funded the demise of the public option in the nation’s health care reform legislative debate.'”
Just because Mackey favors organic produce and sustainability and a special section in each store for gluten-free products and the finest selection of soy milk on earth, does that mean that the guy has to back every item on the Obama agenda?