I love to eat and Whole Foods Mocha Java fuels my blogging, but I’m not putting my consumer dollar into a corporation whose founder opposes universal health care. From the LA Times…
I am torn between disgust with and admiration for John Mackey, the ceo of Whole Foods Market. In an Op-Ed published in the Wall Street Journal, the organic food guru takes a swipe at universal health care as proposed by the Dems and gives his recommendations for reform.
Here’s my favorite gem: Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.
Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Translation: “We wouldn’t be in this mess if you people would just shop at my stores!”
Mackey suggests that private charity will cover the needs of America’s uninsured. Hey, look how well it’s worked so far.
I’m not knocking personal responsibility, or ethical use of our money. That’s why I’m hopping on my bike and wheeling over to East Side Marketplace. There’s also the farmer’s market, the Coffee Exchange, and I got a bag of New Harvest (roasted in Pawtucket) at Seven Stars.
I was hooked on convenience, but this news prompts me to do what I knew was right anyway–shop local, shop small and keep our Rhode Island businesses open so that we have alternatives to the big national chains.
And Mr. Mackey, personal responsibility and access to basic health care are not mutually exclusive. That is one of the health care reforms under discussion–to reward doctors for promoting health, not just for treating disease. Good food is a part of the plan. Why can’t we just get along?