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Thursday, August 13, 2009

In case you missed it

An excerpt from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's op-ed piece:

"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. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

His solution? It's even more self-serving than you might have imagined. You won't need health care reform if you just shop more at Whole Foods:

Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.

Never mind that the most of people's health care costs occurs in the last year of life. Unless ten dollar a pound organic edamame can stop you from dying too.

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