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EDITORIAL: Church of Produce

EDITORIAL: Church of Produce

Tulsa Whole Foods (photo by Creative Commons User ilovemypit)

Boston Herald

We still live in a free country. If you buy groceries where you think the checkout clerk is cute, you’re free to do that. If you refuse to buy groceries from a company whose CEO advocates politically incorrect proposals for health-care reorganization, you’re free to do that, too.

And we’re free to call you a bird-brained doofus.

Astonishingly, thousands of customers of Whole Foods Market have angrily denounced CEO John Mackey for publishing an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal on Aug. 11 advancing what he believes are eight changes in our insurance system that would be a big improvement.

The most important call for removal of obstacles to the creation of high-deductible health savings accounts such as the plan Whole Foods employees use, ending the tax break for employer-provided insurance, permitting insurance sales across state lines and making malpractice lawsuits more difficult. These are mainstream ideas backed by many opponents of the tinkering proposed by President Obama and his supporters in Congress. We have endorsed these four principles ourselves.

More than 10,000 people have made posts to a Web site the company established to receive comment (no pro and con breakdown was available), and personal interaction services such as Twitter and Facebook have been buzzing with outrage. A “Boycott Whole Foods” group has been formed.

In a post to a listserv of Obama supporters, one Thomas Goldstein wrote that CEOs should “face costs when they take right-wing stands,” according to The Washington Post.

Threatening to boycott Whole Foods is making shopping into a religion, and an intolerant one at that. Or is it just that a lot of people on the Left have too much time on their hands?

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