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Thursday, August 13

If you thought Whole Foods was a good company... think again.

John Mackey, president of Whole Foods wrote an unbelievable article for the WSJ that clearly shows just how against health care reform he is. I won't be shopping there ever again.

I clearly heard Obama state that the reform would pay for itself. Mackey must not have been listening because he fears that we will rack up more debt. He also believes that health reform is socialist. If you read the article, he is positively libertarian.

He doesn't believe that we should have the right to health care in this country. A healthy country is a safe country and a productive country. He criticizes England and Canada. Nasty rumors are going around about the "failed" health care they have in those countries when in fact it's not true. It's safer to live in those countries, they don't have such a large portion of the populace in jail, they have lower crime rates and they don't have poverty like we do. If that's socialist, then I'll take it. So what if they pay a high rate of taxes? They still have enough money to live on after that, to go on vacations and feed their families and live in decent housing.

"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."
So who exactly is going to determine whether or not someone's diseases are self inflicted? A death panel? Corporate employees who are instructed to deny every claim? His scenario is more 1984 than anything I've read so far.

How many sickly people do you know who are thin and don't smoke, drink, eat crap, etc? Most sickly people I know do NOT abuse their bodies at all. When I was fat, I was perfectly healthy and hardly ever went to the doctor and it was for issues unrelated to my weight. I was just fat and it was annoying. Of course my insurance company would rather pay for open heart surgery or diabetes control if I were to get those diseases but wouldn't pay for gastric bypass surgery which is much less expensive and cures diabetes and practically eliminates heart disease in obese people. Come to think of it, 3 of my friends who have had heart surgery have never been fat and never smoked! Who is going to determine that many people become fat due to their illnesses or their medications? The talking point du jour is to make demons of fat people when in fact it's the insurance companies who are the demons who are just looking to make big fat profits.

Proper health care insurance would help people prevent those diseases from happening. He doesn't even realize that many people work excessive hours at their jobs, don't make enough money to feed their families properly and don't have the time to exercise. Should they be denied health care insurance? He thinks so. It's every man for himself in Mackay's little world.

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