The CEO and co-founder of Whole foods in the US just made a massive boo boo. But I think it's a good one actually. It will finally show his actual customer base just what a fake he is. He hates Unions and mandated living wages too.
He wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining how he does not want healthcare reform in any real sense, he wants to make it worse actually. A small taste of the nasty:
Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs)
High deductible plans. USELESS until one reaches $5000 dollars (for example) in medical fees. WTF? That is in addition to the monthly premiums which in the US....? HOLY CRAP!
Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
Meaning: Create even bigger monopolies.
Of course like a good right wing asshole, he decided to use some false statistics and fearmongering about Canada. I mean, what healthcare smear in the US is complete without taking a swipe at your neighbours to the north. Eh?
Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.
Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor’s Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.
This paragraph has me scratching my head, because it really makes no sense.
At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly—they want supplemental health-care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health-care benefit dollars if they already have an “intrinsic right to health care”? The answer is clear—no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.—or in any other country.
WTF is he talking about? Extended benefits? Like dental and private hospital rooms? Benefit packages which incidentally many employers offer. And you know, it's an affordable benefit here for businesses, because the basics are already well covered.
What a moutarde.
You know, Whole foods does have stores in Canada. Its true, I found a list. There are 4 in Vancouver, and 2 in Ontario.
Many US progressives have finally had it with this company, their actual customer base of organic vegetarians and vegans. The ones with money to spend in this deep recession.
Maybe it would be a good idea for Canadian Lovers of organic food in Vancouver and Toronto to look to Canadian based companies that do not hold our healthcare system and Canadian values so much in contempt.
JOHN MACKEY . ACRS's ASSHOLE OF THE WEEK!