Whole Foods CEO 'Regrets' Calling ObamaCare 'Fascism'

John Mackey: I meant 'dictionary definition' of the word

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2013 3:55 AM CST

(Newser) – John Mackey says he shouldn't have used the word "fascism" to refer to ObamaCare—but any dictionary would tell you he's technically right, he tells the Huffington Post. "I regret using that word now because it's got so much baggage attached to it," the Whole Foods CEO says. But "I was just using the standard dictionary definition," he said. "Fascism is a system where ... ownership remains privatized, but it's controlled and directed by the government."

He says he won't use the word to describe ObamaCare anymore. But "we no longer have free-enterprise capitalism in health care ... it's not based on voluntary exchange," he tells CBS News. "The government is directing it. So we need a new word for it." His choice, via HuffPo: "I think I'm going to use the phrase government-controlled health care. That's where we're evolving to right now."

In this Nov. 18, 2009 photo, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is photographed in one of his stores on New York's Upper West Side.
In this Nov. 18, 2009 photo, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is photographed in one of his stores on New York's Upper West Side.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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