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Shop. Don’t Buy. ACTION

Here’s the essential stuff from the longer article:

On September 1, Take the Whole Foods Boycott to another level and tell Whole Foods “I Don’t Buy It.”

YYou don’t buy it that healthcare is something that every American shouldn’t have access to because “a careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care…”

You don’t buy it “that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health” even though we have a flawed system that has sold access to healthcare from under the feet of 22,000 adults.

You don’t buy it that a tax form revision for a “voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance” is sufficient to address the lack of access to healthcare for those who have none, and

You don’t buy it that even if “many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted” for the many reasons–systemic, market-driven, lack of information–that may be true.

You don’t buy it that Mackey innocently tossed in the now-overused scare tactic phrases like “socialism” and “government takeover.”

And tell Whole Foods you don’t buy it for them to explain this away as “personal view” because John Mackey used his access and status as CEO to make his surprisingly irresponsible and self-serving statements.

So on September 1, tell Whole Foods “I Don’t Buy It.” Go to the Whole Foods store nearest you and Shop, Don’t Buy.

Here’s how:

First, print out this 60-person bill. It symbolizes the 60 people per day that die without access to healthcare.  As a form of alternative currency, it also symbolizes the need for an alternative to the current system. We may not be sure that the proposed healthcare reform will work to address the massive issues our healthcare system faces, but one thing we do know for sure is that the current system does not work. We need an alternative,pure and simple. We need an alternative and we have to start somewhere, now. In fact, here’s an alternative to the 60-person bill: write the number 60 on a piece of paper and hand that to the cashier.

The Shop. Don’t Buy ACTION:

SHOP for the groceries, produce and personal care items you would normally purchase at Whole Foods or anywhere else. Then, respectfully offer to “pay” with the 60P bill. When you do tell them that their CEO said this is acceptable:

  • that its OK that 60 people die every day without access to healthcare
  • that its OK that uninsured adults are 25% more likely to die prematurely
  • that its OK the lack of health insurance is the third leading cause of death for the near-elderly

Tell them “I Don’t Buy It.”

  • DON’T BUY their food
  • DON’T BUY their excuse for John Mackey’s irresponsible statements
  • DON’T BUY any position or perspective that allows corporations to avoid responsibility for their choices of leadership.

Leave the store without the groceries. Acknowledge that contrary to what Mackey suggests, healthcare IS a right. It is buying from Whole Foods that is a privilege.

Its time to increase the pressure and urgency on Whole Foods to encourage their board to release a CEO that has proven irresponsible and disrespectful.

I don’t buy it. And you shouldn’t either.


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