Whole Foods CEO: ObamaCare Is Like Fascism
But ThinkProgress writer begs to differ with John Mackey
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 12:59 PM CST
In this Nov. 18, 2009 photo, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey juggles apples as as he's photographed in one of his stores on New York's Upper West Side.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Thought Whole Foods founder John Mackey would be an Obama-loving liberal? Not so much. The self-described libertarian, who has compared ObamaCare to socialism in the past, now says "it's more like fascism." The quote comes from a new interview with NPR, and continues: "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it—and that’s what’s happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms."

But, writes Sy Mukherjee on ThinkProgress, Mackey has apparently forgotten that fascist nations also "usually utilize warfare, forced mass mobilization of the public, and politically motivated violence against their own peoples to achieve their ends." ObamaCare, on the other hand, "regulates some of the insurance industry’s shoddiest practices and imposes a small tax penalty on Americans who refuse to purchase government-subsidized private insurance."

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Jan 17, 2013 10:49 PM CST
The UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALEST REPUBLIC, USSR, I believe Lenon one of the leaders stated the United States would never be conquered by a military but would require subversion from within thegovernment. Public unons drive political parties and political agencies. Perhaps the man had it right and we are being destroyed from within.
Jan 17, 2013 2:17 PM CST
Notice that Sy Mukherjee didn't disagree with the basic tenits of Facism as outlined by John Mackey. Sy just said that evil Facism has more to it. What? There is good Facism? Yes, I remember. The good Facism of Italy of the 1920's. All the lefties, media and talking heads loved it. What ever happened to that?
Jan 17, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Wah! Wah! Poor little rich guy. Wah! Obamacare has some regulation, but ALL of the actual health care is provided by private corporations. Sorry, but regulation does not equal control. Whole Foods can forget ever getting another dime from me - too bad I like their selection.