Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey is doing damage control after describing the Obamacare healthcare law as "fascism" in a recent interview on NPR to promote his book.
The comment sparked a firestorm of criticism on the web from many progressive customers claiming they will boycott the supermarket that they would otherwise find appealing for carrying a large selection of sustainable, organic, natural and environmentally-friendly products. The Whole Foods company Facebook page was overtaken by angry comments. Underneath one post that asked, "Have you ever seen green beans look so tasty?" with a colorful picture of Szechuan green beans, Facebook user Tracy Collins wrote, "Buy green beans from a local farmer's market. Why line the pockets of this company's CEO?" Another poster, Michael Fiore, wrote "Mmmmm. You know what would look good with those green beens? Affordable health care for all Americans." Facebook user Todd Lister wrote, "Make this work. Be strong. Boycott Whole Foods."
The company's page was so filled with negative comments that company officials responded: "We hear your concerns about our co-CEO's recent comments loud and clear. He offers clarification here in his own words," with a link to a column by him in the Huffington Post.
"I made a poor word choice to describe our health care system, which I definitely regret," Mackey wrote. "The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century... I think for now I will simply call it government-controlled health care to distinguish it from free enterprise capitalist health care."