The CEO of Whole Foods told the whole truth about ObamaCare earlier this week… “It’s like fascism.”
The CEO of Whole Foods compared President Obama’s health care law to “fascism” in a radio interview on Wednesday, a turnabout from earlier comments in which he compared the signature reforms to socialism.
“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism,” John Mackey told NPR’s Morning Edition. “Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it — and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms.”
The Wall Street Journal in 2009 ran a piece by Mr. Mackey that was critical of Mr. Obama’s law, which passed in March 2010 and is marching toward full implementation in the coming years. The article led with a quote from Margaret Thatcher, who said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Amen brother… NBC reports that he backed off the label “fascist” but didn’t back off his criticism.
Critics pounced on Mackey’s comments, suggesting on the Whole Foods Facebook page that Mackey had alienated his customer base and calling on Whole Foods customers to shop elsewhere.
Mackey addressed the criticism on Thursday in remarks posted on the Whole Foods website.
“The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century,” he said.
“I believe that, if the goal is universal health care, our country would be far better served by combining free enterprise capitalism with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions, helping everyone to be able to buy insurance. This is what Switzerland does and I think we would be much better off copying that system than where we are currently headed in the United States.”
I have no problem backing off the word “fascism” even though I agree with that label. It does carry a lot of baggage and even if the Left loves to sling that word around it isn’t very helpful. I may not agree with Mackey on much, but on that view of healthcare law we can agree.