Whole Foods CEO 'Regrets' Calling ObamaCare 'Fascism'
John Mackey: I meant 'dictionary definition' of the word
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 3:55 AM CST
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)

(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."

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TxTornado
Jan 19, 2013 10:05 AM CST
John Mackey has nothing to appologize for...Whole foods is a an incredibly well run company and allready provided better health insurance for its employee's than Obama Care (sic) He's right....The (non)affordable health care act is a goverment attempt to take over health care a and form of fascism. I doubt it will have much impact on Whole foods biz...its just too good a store and really popular.....and the things they offer are in high demand and not very available elsewhere. Frankly...if you've never been in a whole foods...you don't know what you're missing.....just saying their produce and meats are farm fresh almost does'nt do it justice....its almost like you grew it yourself in your own back yard! Love this place!!!
KimKendall
Jan 19, 2013 9:21 AM CST
i would suspect this will have profound business implications for whole foods. a liberal clientel does not want sociopathic capitalism.
9SEABEE
Jan 18, 2013 10:25 PM CST
SO WHAT. What would you call forcing people by the king to purchase medical insurance?