September 10th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Healthcare Reform, Protests, Labor Unions, President Obama

Reform Supporters Protest Local Grocery

A coalition of 40 tri-state churches is joining forces with a local labor union to stage a protest today at the Whole Foods Market in Norwood.

The AMOS Project and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 75 will meet at 6 p.m. at the Whole Foods store. Their action is part of a nationwide effort to oppose a recent editorial written by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

In the article, Mackey opposed President Obama’s proposed health care reform plan and instead recommended private-sector solutions like tax credits. Also, he recommended abolishing regulations that require private insurance companies to offer coverage to certain populations.

Perhaps Mackey’s most controversial assertion was that health care is not a guaranteed right for U.S. citizens.

It read, “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."

During the next few weeks, The AMOS Project and the union also will distribute information to shoppers about what they described as inaccuracies in Mackey’s editorial.

“Health care reform in this country needs to bring all people in. This will happen if reform includes choices between private and public health insurance plans, increases affordability for all families, and makes insurance companies play fair, as outlined in the current proposals,” said the Rev. Gregory Chandler, AMOS Project president.

“Health savings accounts, like those proposed by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, only leave people struggling on their own and without many options,” Chandler added.

The local Whole Foods store is located at 2693 Edmondson Road, near the Rookwood Commons shopping center.

Whole Foods is the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods, and is the 10th largest food and drug store chain nationwide. It reported $1.8 billion in sales for its most recent quarter.

09.10.2009 at 05:56 Reply
Now that these member churches becoming politically active they will be giving up their tax exempt status, right? TxPatriot512


09.10.2009 at 08:49
The tax laws allow churches to take sides on issues (for or against a war, for or against a tax levy, etc.). They are not allowed to endorse partisan candidates or political parties.


09.11.2009 at 07:26 Reply
Bea, don't expect the Tea Party goers to start paying attention to facts. They never have before.


09.12.2009 at 05:59 Reply
Perhaps Mackey’s most controversial assertion was that health care is not a guaranteed right for U.S. citizens. What's controversial about that? it's an objectively accurate statement. Why don't the 40 churches pool together to create their own insurance group? Oh, wait, less money for the pastors. Why don't labor unions create their own insurance pools? Oh, wait, less money for labor execs and political contributions. Nice that both put "the people" first.


09.12.2009 at 03:42
Interesting comment about labor unions. I recently read in The Enquirer that the Kroger union is opening its membership to individuals who would like to enroll in the union's health plan. Is health care a *right*? Well, it certainly is a necessity. I think it's sort of like clean air. Sure, you can live in really dirty air (see China). But at the least it's unpleasant, breathing in stinky smells all the time, and more importantly, you have greatly increased chances of coming down with various nasty lung diseases. So in this country, we had our democratically-elected representatives enact clean air legislation and we have our democratically-elected executive branch enforce those regulations. And sure, you can live without any health care, but you probably won't have as good quality of life, or as long a life, without it as you would if you had health care. That's why a lot of us are trying to get our democratically-elected representatives to enact health care reform legislation, so that our democratically-elected executive branch will have something to enforce. Call it providing for the general welfare...


09.12.2009 at 06:53 Reply
They won't even make it onto the propery. Their protest will have to take place outside the mall ground - a good place might be the abandoned development site on Smith Road. The last protest on this store back in the Wild Oats era only had 5 protesters. Can't wait to see really how many actually show.