Whole Foods CEO Slams Health Reform, Angering Liberal Pro-Reform Whole Foods Customers

August 13, 2009 1:46 p.m.

Here’s a thought: If you own a major supermarket chain that caters to a great deal of liberal-minded people with money, don’t rail against the evils of health care reform in the Wall Street Journal.

Unfortunately, that advice comes a few hours too late for Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, who did just that.

Mackey began his piece with a quote from Margaret Thatcher–“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”–and went on to warn that “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.”

As a result of this misguided effort, it seems, his company’s website has been fielding angry comments all afternoon, and has had to set up an online forum where customers can vent their frustrations, and, oh, call for a boycott!

Not seeing the “good for business” angle here.

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