We’ve got a bunch of Whole Foodses coming in and taking over some old Foodmaster places in the greater Boston area. One is coming in right near me. All in all, wouldn’t be a bad thing. And yet, and yet, and yet …
When Inskeep asks him if he still thinks the health law is a form of socialism, as he’s said before, [Whole Foods CEO] Mackey responds:
“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. 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.”
[To be, ahem, scrupulously fair, Mackey has walked back his use of the word "fascism." I don't think that does him much good.]
Amazingly, Inskeep never pressed Mackey on how depriving his workers of certain benefits means they have to pay more out of pocket. Precisely what benefits does he not want to pay for, that the PPACA requires? Maternity and newborn? Contraception? Prescription drugs? Pediatric care?
Brings up a really tricky point: Do you boycott and punish a corporation which is probably mostly not made of insufferable idiots –certainly not the folks who stock the shelves and cash you out — because their CEO is a flamingly offensive douchebag? Do you make their place of employment less viable because their Big Boss doesn’t want to pay them good health benefits?
Just let it be said that Mr. Mackey continues to be very bad publicity for his chain. You could be forgiven for walking past and going to another supermarket.