Online Readers Support Mackey

I think John Mackey is right on target. To me, the first step in health care reform is tort reform so that doctors do not perform unnecessary procedures to avoid lawsuits and do not have to carry such expensive malpractice insurance. Step two is high deductibles, as Mackey suggests, which makes insurance what it truly is insurance against catastrophes. Step three is personal accountability, which

“Congratulations Mr. Mackey. You dared to speak your piece. And you are right. We don't need Obamacare any more than we need Obama ‘anything.’ But once again, the unions to the defense. If it weren't for unions and government workers, Obama wouldn't have any supporters.”
Posted Aug. 25 as a response to “UFCW Protests at Whole Foods”

“I think John Mackey is right on target. To me, the first step in health care reform is tort reform so that doctors do not perform unnecessary procedures to avoid lawsuits and do not have to carry such expensive malpractice insurance. Step two is high deductibles, as Mackey suggests, which makes insurance what it truly is — insurance against catastrophes. Step three is personal accountability, which Whole Food is accomplishing with the employee “health accounts.” Insurance programs like the government and unions have that cover everything from ‘dollar one’ encourage abuse and misuse.”
Posted Aug. 18 as a response to “Whole Foods' CEO Joins Health Care Debate”

“The Unions should be careful on how they land on health care. If the government takes it over, what do they have to offer? The right to pay union dues for nothing? The single benefit they have to offer is the best negotiated health care, and without it they have nothing.”
Posted Aug. 24 as a response to “UFCW Protests at Whole Foods”

“Without the intelligent brains of the world voicing their opinions on important matters, we are a lost nation with no guiding light other than our own misguided, uneducated, inexperienced theories. We need to listen to every [successful] CEO's ideas and thoughts. They have the expertise and proven business sense to make big ideas actually work.
Posted Aug. 26 as a response to “Investment Group Calls for Mackey's Ouster”

Ethnic Expansion

“The real issue is whether or not Loblaws can integrate into its operations a fundamentally different business, without destroying what makes it unique and high growth. U.S. companies tend to not be very good at this. Whether or not independent companies like H Mart are willing to be bought, whether or not U.S. supermarket companies are even interested, and if there are synergies are more important questions to ask.”
Posted Aug. 25 as a response to “Build or Buy? Rethinking Ethnic Retail Roadmaps”

Back-to-School Promotions

“Hats off to Wegmans for planning a back to school event — great idea! I'm going to share this with our CEOs at [our company]. We incorporated [a program] where departments want to feature a signature item from their department for face to face selling to help increase sales in their department. The back to school event is a smart idea, thank you for sharing it with us.”
Posted Aug. 24 as a response to “Wegmans Heads Back to School With In-Store Event”

European Refrigeration Technology

“The Europeans are way ahead of us in every respect when it comes to low ozone depleting refrigerants. They're moving en masse to sub and transcritical R-744 systems as fast as they're able.”
Posted Aug. 8 as a response to “EPA's GreenChill Program Up to 6,500 Stores”

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