Could Mr. Mackey be Right Regarding Health Care Reform?

In case you haven’t heard, people are boycotting Whole Foods Markets because they want to stifle Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey who wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.

This is just great!  I thought inwardly.  First, the Liberals, while denying any opportunity for honest debate with their conservative counterparts and absolutely ignoring their constituencies, complain that no alternative ideas for health care are being offered from those on the right.

Then, when someone steps up from the “Private Sector”, who by the way is a member of a constituency that is being ignored, and offers a written opinion of several ideas.  The liberals respond to his offering, by becoming angry and shouting, “BOYCOTT!

Maybe the founder of the boycott, playwright Mark Rosenthal, would like our country to more resemble his depiction of it in the end of his movie, “Planet of the Apes”.  Alternatively, maybe he just believes animals can run the Health Care System.

I suppose liberals like Screecher Pelosi, Majority Leader Squeaky Harry Reid, and President Obama-hood and his Merry Minions consider Mr. Mackey to be un-American, a Nazi, or some type of Conservative Political Terrorist.

Well, I looked up Mr. Mackey’s article, thinking that he must have really gone off the deep end of reality for people to be so enraged.  You can imagine my disgust when I found that he began his piece with a quote of Margaret Thatcher, who said,

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Mr. Mackey put himself in the line of fire when he wrote,

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is 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.

Mr. Mackey went on to express a desire of “less government control and more individual empowerment”.  To accomplish this he offered eight different points, he feels needs to be addressed, regarding Health Care Reform.  They are;

  • Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSA’s).  The combination of high-deductible health insurance plans and HSA’s is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems.

–          Now that sounds like an alternative to Nationalized Health Care.

  • Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same benefits.

–          Doesn’t this fall under “fair and equal taxation?  I thought the liberals were all for “fair and equal”.

  • Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

–          If I am not mistaken, this repeal should be mandated due to the “Interstate Commerce Clause” of the Constitution.  I know, there is no room for the Constitution in liberal Health Care Reform.

  • Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must offer.

–          Wow!  What a concept!  Allowing individual choice, and the power of the “free market” to determine what people can purchase, instead of maintaining the ideology that a few politicians and some special interest groups know what is best for the masses.

  • Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

–          Now, this one could be a real problem.  Medical Tort Reform could lead to the need of another bailout, this time for the Trial Lawyers.

  • Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.

–          This idea assumes that people are interested in understanding how much their Health Care Benefits are worth.  Most people think the costs are all covered by their co-pay and their monthly premiums.  Who wants to take the time to add up all the actual costs?

  • Enact Medicare reform.

–          According to Obama-hood, Medicare will be fine under Nationalized Health Care.  After all, Medicare is the current program that all the new proposed coverage will fold into, in order to maintain costs.  On the other hand, maybe the liberals figure it will be easier to hide the cost discrepancies of Nationalized Health Care in a system that is already convoluted and beyond fiscal comprehension.

  • Revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help those who are not covered under Medicare.

–          Mr. Mackey, please; you are not suggesting a true form of charity, where one person willingly gives to another, or a cause, because the individual chooses to.  Remember, you are speaking of a liberal, political ideology.  In the liberal mindset, the only true charity is that by which the people are compelled to contribute through taxation.  A fully deductible donation?  If the politicians do that, we may not need the government to be involved at all.  What good liberal would ever stand for that?

Mr. Mackey definitely crossed the line when he went on to write that,

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Individuals cannot expect to receive entitled benefits if they are to be held personally responsible for themselves.  This attitude of personal responsibility deters from the ideology of each American asking, what can my country can do for me. (Thank you, President J, F. Kennedy)  Therefore, personal responsibility has no merit in the debate of National Health Care.  Can you imagine?

To top it all off, today I watched a segment of Forbes on Fox that addresses a public calling for “CEO’s to shut up when it comes to politics”.  This segment singled out Mr. Mackey because of his recent Op-Ed piece.

I would ask these same individuals or groups; does Mr. Mackey, or any other CEO, have less of a right to freedom of speech, under the first amendment, than any other American, due to their position?  If so, why was there no public outcry from the left when Mr. Gettelfinger, president of the Auto workers union, involved himself in the Auto-Industry Bail-outs and the government takeover of General Motors.

Oh, I know, that was a liberal thing.

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6 Responses to Could Mr. Mackey be Right Regarding Health Care Reform?

  1. M Smith says:

    I find it ironic that one of THE MAJOR issues facing insurers today is the tremendously high cost of litigation and that this was INTENTIONALLY left out of ANY consideration by the writers of the rationed healthcare bill.

    There has been various speculations on it but they were all laid to rest by Howard “AAAHHH!” Dean last Tuesday night at a town hall meeting in Reston, VA.

    He said, and i quote: “Here is why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that the more stuff you put in, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth. Now, that’s the truth.”

    They would RATHER take on the American public than the trial lawyers? The trial lawyers mean more to them than the American public?

    I don’t see how anyone can think anything else from his answer to a question posed by an audience member.

  2. Paul says:

    Back in 2008, this Whole Foods, CEO John Mackey (how old is this kid?), was caught posting negative comments (trash talk) about a competitor on Yahoo Finance message boards in an effort to push down the stock price. So now I am suppose to take this loser seriously? Please, snore, snore.

    It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people (honestly where can they go with a pre-condition). And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a “lynch mob” advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types AKA “screamers” are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

    • Paul, let me first say, I am not aware of Mr. Mackey’s attempts to drive down the stock prices of his competitors. Furthermore, my intention is not to defend Mr. Mackey’s reputation, I am quite sure he is more than capable of that. Ultimately, I intended to point out that he proposed some ideas regarding Health Care, and that he is obviously of a conservative political viewpoint.

      The ideas that he put forward are not new, as I have heard other prominent conservatives speak of them, prior to Mr. Mackey’s writing of them in his article. Yet the liberal Democrats in Washington claim the Conservatives are only interested in the practice of obstructionism. I am glad however, that Mr. Mackey’s article is receiving attention, as the points he suggests are relevant to the Health Care debate. I would also point out; the Democrats will do all they can to quash these ideas, because they involve personal responsibility, self-governance, and individual choices through a Free Market system.

      As to “faceless bureaucrats making medical decisions”, you may have a point in as much as there are people that make those decisions for the insurance companies now. However, Conservatives do NOT want politicians made responsible to make those decisions. If the Government would get out of the way of the Free Market, the people, who purchase insurance programs, could better affect the coverage policies. Before assigning absolute blame on the insurance companies, of which I am not a big fan, maybe we should assess how many decisions the insurance companies make, are due to Government regulations that predetermine their actions.

      I, like most conservatives, am not against reformation of the Health Care process. I refuse however, to allow elected representatives to use the reformation process to violate our rights by usurping more of our personal liberty and freedom. As Mr. Mackey, so accurately pointed out, we must correct the root cause of the inefficiencies of our Medical Insurance. Keep in mind; it is not the Health Services that are under scrutinization, so much as, the methods of paying for those services. Empowering the Federal Government as the sole provider is NOT the way to go.

      The failures you reference from the Private Sector, except for Enron, which fell due to internal corruption and illegal activities, share a certain commonality. In each case, if the Government would have known their limitations, and remained uninvolved, all of these companies could have gone through bankruptcy protection. They could have restructured their operation, and ended up leaner and more efficient. The worst-case scenario is that smaller companies could have taken over the good pieces of the failing companies, known as the “Corporate Ecosystem”, and continued the process of strengthening the foundation of our Free Market System.

      Your assessment of Medicare and Medicaid is astonishing. Both programs, along with Social Security, are on the verge of bankruptcy, and to proclaim that either supplies the best care available is absurd. Instead of the Government buckling down and finding feasible ways to successfully correct the inefficiencies of their “prize programs”, they continue to demand that you and I pay more and more money into their failure.

      Your argument for the success of the care of our veterans is repugnant. You obviously have no clue as to what you are referencing. Without going into details, like Walter Reed Veterans Hospital having a wing shut down due to unsanitary conditions, I will only say that the Veterans Groups stand unanimously against the proposed Health Care Reform. The majority of them proclaim that “if you want to know what the proposed program will look like, visit a Veterans Hospital. You will not have to cringe for long until you change your mind.” As a Veteran, I believe those Veterans forced to use the VA System are more qualified than you or I to vouch for the treatment they receive.

      You comment about the “screamers” at the town hall meetings. Have you taken the time to ask yourself why they are yelling, chanting, and otherwise making as much noise as they can? The answer is quite simple. They feel that they have not been heard. They are fed up with being ignored by those they elect to represent them, in favor of special interest groups, union bosses, and wealthy promoters of socialism.

      From what I have seen, they are regular, everyday people. The crowds consist of mothers, fathers, grandparents, business owners, and regular, every day, average Americans who have had enough. Again, you are seriously mistaken, or intentionally misstating the facts, it is the Democrats who have perfected the art of “busing in rent-a-mobs” and using their cronies from special interest groups and political action committees to crowd an event, attempting to feign public support.

      No, Paul, what you are witnessing at these tea parties and town hall meetings is not a gathering of uneducated, mind-numb robots, following the commands of their leaders. It is a massive demonstration of true, Grassroots American Patriotism at its best. The people are finally becoming polarized and moving to tell the multiple “Little King Georges” in Washington, “Enough is enough. We are not standing for any more of your garbage.”

      My personal recommendation is, if they want to stay in office, they had better listen. On second thought, DON”T listen, America would be better off.

      It’s nice to know that you claim a superiority in the field of debate, yet must resort to name-calling toward those who oppose you. However, I imagine that is the best you can do.

      As to those, so called, “Tea baggers, Birthers, and Screamers” that read these comments, I personally say to you;
      Keep up the Good Fight! So long as a single Patriot fights for Liberty, Freedom lives. America is worth every effort.

  3. M Smith says:

    Paul, you truly DO need to come in out of the rain. Have you been watching the news lately? Let’s see… was it a mob of right-wing extremists who beat up Mr. Kenneth Gladney at the town hall meeting for Russ Carnahan (D)? Nooo, from all accounts it was a bunch of BUSSED IN SEIU union hooligans and thugs who beat up Mr. Kenneth Gladney?
    Oh but I guess that this must have been miss reported as those ‘fine union men and women’ were in actuality just helping Mr. Gladney ‘rearrange his attire’. You wanna try that instead of the truth, or how about just completely deluding yourself and turn it completely around and say that he was a poor SEIU member there helping control those jack-booted Conservatives in their attempt to have their voices heard?

    Tell you what, I’ll confess something here: back in the day… well, let’s just say that I know the effects of some pharmaceuticals on the human brain. Your statement regarding the supposed high quality of healthcare that our military men and women receive. There was a day I would have asked if you would share whatever it is that you are on. Dewd! The men and women standing on the wall protecting you and your right to say what you do have abominable healthcare. And trust me, the VA is the same bunch of “quacks” who performed 34 separate surgeries on my fathers back trying to fix a crushed disk. A private doctor did two surgeries, remedied the problem and allowed my father to walk again.
    Medicare and Medicaid being lumped in as some of the best healthcare in the world?
    *Paul, I am beginning to wonder if I might want to try some of whatever it is you’re taking ‘cuz it seems to be REALLY GOOD!*

    I won’t say that I’m sorry for hurting your feelings but a little research into what you expound will go a very long way. I will tell you this also: I like the second sentence of your opening paragraph, I hope you don’t mind if I purloin it to describe my take on your post. “So now I am suppose to take this loser seriously? Please, snore, snore.”

  4. M Smith says:

    Well, i am off to go shopping at the Whole Foods, ta ta Paul.

  5. Marcie S. says:

    Hey Paul guess you haven’t heard: it’s ACORN and the Service Employees International Union who are bussing people into these meetings. People who DO NOT even live in the districts so that the real people who live there can’t get in.
    And if they do get in, these thugs and union trash are they ones who do the shoutdowns. There is even a video of a man instructing people how to shut the Conservatives down by shouting them down and starting their STUPID chanting.
    LEARN your facts and people won’t think of you as not only laughable but a laughable moron.
    Mr. Smith, on your way to Whole Foods, stop by and pick me up, i need to get a few things.

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