John Mackey believes the market is the best vehicle for health care reform. And, several years ago, he equated ObamaCare with socialism:

In countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care … All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

It would appear, however, that he has revised his views concerning the kind of government that features blights like ObamaCare:

Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it — and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms.

But there is an out for the government bureaucrats who are hastily herding us into the health care concentration camp that is ObamaCare.

They can always say they were just following orders.

[ht Ed Morrissey]

Comments 5

  1. sebastian interlandi wrote:

    In the American Spectator, this guy calls a doctor a, “Pimp for Obamacare.”

    Talk about racist imagery. He would never use that language with a president who wasn’t black. It would have no ring to it.

    Bloggers would do well to hide their racebaiting a bit better next time. This blunt approach shows a lack of style and ability to parse communications.

    No surprise this is a 2-bit blog then.

    Good day.

    Posted 18 Jan 2013 at 7:42 am
  2. Diogenes wrote:

    Actually, Sebastian, it is you who have unwittingly revealed your own racism. Only a racist would automatically associate the word “pimp” with African-Americans.

    Pimps obviously come in all colors. For example, the state policemen who procured hookers for Bill Clinton when he was the Governor of Arkansas were white.

    Posted 18 Jan 2013 at 3:47 pm
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    You reckon do you that there is ‘no intrinsic right to healthcare in the UK’. So how come I can always see a primary care doc the same day, blood tests are done on the spot, and that protocols for urgent scans etc are in place for suspected cancer?

    It’s true that I may have to wait for a few weeks for a non-urgent referral for some things but the treatments aren’t ‘scarce’. You can’t run a health system at reasonable cost with capacity sitting idle. And if I don’t want to wait I can use private insurance, just like you do, although you often end up seeing exactly the same doctors but in their expensive private clinic.

    Posted 19 Jan 2013 at 7:03 am
  4. Diogenes wrote:

    You have missed Mackey’s point, Mr. Brown.

    When he says you have “no intrinsic right to health care” in the UK, he means the government decides what care you get (rather than you).

    You’re discussing, rather disingenuously I might add, the AVAILABILITY of care to you personally.

    That you still defend the NHS, which is by far the worst health care system in the developed world, shows that you are impervious to objective facts.

    News stories regularly appear in your own press detailing the latest horrors the NHS has inflicted on its patients, particularly the elderly.

    Posted 19 Jan 2013 at 10:56 am
  5. sebastian interlandi wrote:


    You must be joking.

    Try typing “pimp” into google images and see what you get. Try a search of all the “pimps” portrayed in films and see what you get.

    Imagery is huge, and in the public fourm, the imagery of “pimp” is a black man.

    This is not MY perception, it is the perception of the public.

    Nice try.

    Posted 07 Feb 2013 at 2:46 pm

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