Not only does Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey oppose universal access to healthcare, he also explicitly opposed universal access to food and shelter. As he said last week in his anti-universal healthcare op-ed:
Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
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.
Yes, how can we say people should have universal access to healthcare and not also food and shelter? Millions of people in the U.S. are hungry or otherwise food insecure and/or homeless or living in substandard housing. So obviously people's needs are not "best provided" by "market exchanges." In fact, far from being "beneficial" the marketplace is inherently oppressive since by design it denies people equitable access to meeting their basic needs. (Read more...)