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Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare-Fascism Comparison Won’t Hurt Profits

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is not worried about his latest controversial claim, despite the onslaught of negative feedback from his customers.

On Friday, Mackey said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he didn’t think his recent comparison of Obamacare to fascism would hurt sales at Whole Foods, according to a tweet from the television program’s account:

The CEO earlier this week criticized President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, saying “it’s more like fascism,” and that the government controls “the means of production” in health care.

Mackey later said in a segment on HuffPost Live on Thursday that he regretted comparing Obamacare to “fascism,” despite remaining skeptical of Obama’s plan.

“I regret using that word now because it’s got so much baggage attached to it,” Mackey said. “Of course, I was just using the standard dictionary definition.”

Libba Letton, a Whole Foods spokesperson, told HuffPost that the CEO’s statements on “Morning Joe” stand on their own, and did not provide further thoughts on the matter.


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