August 12, 2009 11:24AM

“The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare”

Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey has an op‐​ed in today’s Wall Street Journal titled, “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare.” Let’s just say Whole Foods may not be asked to cater any Democratic Party gatherings any time soon:

While we clearly need health‐​care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health‐​care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health‐​care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.

Mackey then lists several alternatives to ObamaCare, including broader health savings accounts, letting people purchase health insurance across state lines, giving people who purchase their own coverage the same tax status as employer‐​sponsored insurance, and Medicare reform.

Mackey shows little patience for those who claim we have a right to health care:

At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly—they want supplemental health‐​care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health‐​care benefit dollars if they already have an “intrinsic right to health care”? The answer is clear—no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.—or in any other country.

Man, what a neanderthal. He must be anti‐​reform. Except:

Health‐​care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health‐​care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

How will the White House Snitch Project grapple with this one? Claim that the founder of Whole Foods is in league with the insurance companies? In thrall to Big PhRMA? No, wait, that’s the Obama administration.…