Whole Foods CEO John Mackey On “Health Care”

The seven step program in an article in the Wall Street Journal by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has created quite a stir. You mean the CEO of whole foods is not a card carrying progressive? Wow. Doesn’t make me want to shop there any more or less, its just surprising. Now people are saying that they’re going to boycott Whole Foods because, simply put, “all Americans need health care.”

This yearning for Governments stamp of approval on the American health insurance industry is quite saddening. Is there some unbeknownst right to “health care” that I wasn’t aware of? A point that John Makey makes quite clear, “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.” That word “independence” is one of the main reasons that that right does not exist. Individualism is something that makes America stand out among the rest. But for some reason those on the left want to remove the I and the N from the word and promote dependence. Dependence on whom? The government.

And this coming from the “individuals” that want freedom to choose when it comes to aborting a child, yet they are ready to willing to complicate the ability for one to choose when it comes to health insurance.

Does this automatically mean that I am not recognizing that there are problems in the current system? No! Of course not, no one is saying that they want the status quo, but we are saying that we are opposed to completely overhauling something that about 85% of the people are happy with.

So what is Mackey’s seven step plan? Here you go.

From the Wall Street Journal:

• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.

• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.

• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.

• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor’s visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?

• Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.

• Finally, revise 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


One Response to “Whole Foods CEO John Mackey On “Health Care””

  1. Patrick Horsley Says:

    This plan is right on. How can we get the government to start with such a plan that does not increase anyones taxes, makes health insurance more affordable, and reduces cost growth. Count me in to support a plan such as this one

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