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John Mackey Biography

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This ‘right’ has never existed in America…

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor’s Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million…

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.”

“The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare,” Wall Street Journal, Aug. 11, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market, Inc., 1980-present
  • Blogger, “The CEO’s Blog” on, Sep. 2005-2010
  • Co-Founder, SaferWay (a natural foods store), 1978-1980
  • Attended the University of Texas at Austin
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns more than 270 natural and organic foods grocery stores in North America and the United Kingdom, according to its website (accessed Mar. 16, 2010)
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