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IBD | Whole Foods’ CEO Is Right—ObamaCare Is Like Fascism

In 2009, when Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in a Wall Street Journal op-ed  compared the health care "public option" then under consideration by Congress to  socialism — a nationalized economic system wherein the government owns the means  of production — hardly anyone batted an eyelash.

Sure, at the time, the left-wing site Daily Kos  called for a boycott. And a Facebook group at the time managed to find a couple  hundred users angry about the characterization. Whole Foods set up a special  forum for customers to express their views on the op-ed.

But it was hardly the response Whole Foods got when on Jan. 16 in an NPR  interview, Mackey was asked a follow-up question on what he thought about the  current law.

After all, the "public option" was never adopted. What came afterward, now  known in popular vernacular as ObamaCare, was a mishmash of mandates,  regulations and price controls — but fell short of an outright nationalization  of the insurance  industry.

That was when Mackey used the F-word. No, not that one. The other one.

"Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism," Mackey said in the NPR  interview, adding, "Socialism is where the government owns the means of  production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but  they do control it, and that’s what’s happening with our health  care programs and these reforms."


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