Friday, August 21, 2009

Whole Foods Protesters: Honk 4 socialized medicine

The Whole Foods boycott - a local view:

I went to the protest at Whole Foods HQ in Austin, Texas today. I was expecting hundreds of college kids from the university, but only 15 showed, and there were 9 anti-Obama people with signs. Seeming to caricature his own cause, one of the pro-Obamacare signs said "Honk 4 socialized medicine."

But both groups were overwhelmed by hundreds of shoppers. I don't think Whole Foods has to worry.

I had trouble finding a place to park, but found a place on the 2nd underground level. I bought 3 times as much stuff as I normally would. I made my way back to my car, and saw a car crash into one of the supports. Sure enough, it was one of the "Honk 4 socialized medicine" guys. He ripped off his fender. A visual message meaning "The wheels are coming off?"
UPDATE: Here is Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's Wall Street Journal oped that set of the boycott movement among the left. Here are Mackey's views that the leftists are so intolerant of:
Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).
• Equalize the tax laws so that that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.
• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.
• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.
• Enact Medicare reform.
• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
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.

Mackey has inadvertently exposed the massive intolerance of the left. Mackey is speaking from the experience of his own success with using an HSA-like plan to cover very well the healthcare needs of his employees. If you cannot tolerate differences of opinion then you cant really tolerate anything.

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