Protestors converge on Cambridge Whole Foods, attacking CEO's comments on health care reform

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Cambridge —

“People
die while we wait! Tomorrow is too late!” Cries for health care reform
rang out as a crowd formed in front of Whole Foods Market on Prospect
Street on Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a couple dozen people
gathered outside the Cambridge market to protest Whole Foods CEO John
Mackey’s recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, one that they felt opposed health care changes and ultimately, human rights.

In the op-ed piece, Mackey responded to Obama’s call for
constructive ideas regarding health care reform by outlining his own
suggestions for alterations to the system. In contrast to Obama’s
interest in government-funded care, Mackey emphasized the development
of high-deductible health insurance plans coupled with health savings
accounts.

His statement shocked some, who feel that health care is a necessity
for all. “He basically said: ‘If you can’t afford health care, then I
guess you can’t afford to be healthy,’” said Jake Williams, a member of
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which organized the protest.

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