On Health Care, Expression and Retaliation

By August 17, 2009General, Health Care

The single best op-ed we’ve seen advocating health-care reform based on the private sector appeared last week in The Wall Street Journal by John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.

In “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare,” Mackey describes his company’s philosophy toward health care benefits, which involves enabling employees to make informed decisions about controlling their care and expenses.

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 stereotypical Whole Foods customer is an enlightened upper class person of organic/liberal leanings, and among them must be true believers in single-payer health care. So they are outraged, OUTRAGED!

In May, Whole Foods joined with Costco and Starbucks to propose a modified version of the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act, this one with provisions allowing employers to still request an election in lieu of recognition through card check but with other objectionable elements. Funny, that ill-considered move didn’t prompt any believers in the private sector to boycott those companies.

So who’s going to lead the boycott against the White House for dropping its support for the public option?

UPDATE (11 a.m.): More on boycotts from Instapundit.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): The ueberprogressive “In These Times,” complete with a Boycott Whole Foods icon, attacks the company, “Whole Foods has joined forces with hipster coffee mogul Starbucks, along with bargain behemoth Costco, in a massive public campaign to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act.” We thought they were supporting it.

Also, is Starbucks still considered hip?

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