The Censorship Of The Left On Healthcare

Radley Balko explains:

Let me see if I have the logic correct here: Whole Foods is consistently ranked among the most employee-friendly places to work in the service industry. In fact, Whole Foods treats employees a hell of a lot better than most liberal activist groups do. The company has strict environmental and humane animal treatment standards about how its food is grown and raised. The company buys local. The store near me is hosting a local tasting event for its regional vendors. Last I saw, the company’s lowest wage earners make $13.15 per hour. They also get to vote on what type of health insurance they want. And they all get health insurance. The company is also constantly raising money for various philanthropic causes. When I was there today, they were taking donations for a school lunch program. In short, Whole Foods is everything leftists talk about when they talk about “corporate responsibility.”

And yet lefties want to boycott the company because CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed that suggests alternatives to single payer health care? It wasn’t even a nasty or mean-spirited op-ed. Mackey didn’t spread misinformation about death panels, call anyone names, or use ad hominem attacks. He put forth actual ideas and policy proposals, many of them tested and proven during his own experience running a large company. Is this really the state of debate on the left, now? “Agree with us, or we’ll crush you?”

These people don’t want a dicussion. They don’t want to hear ideas. They want you to shut up and do what they say, or they’re going to punish you.

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29 Responses to “The Censorship Of The Left On Healthcare”

  • Three comments:

    First – Although I don’t support these kind of protest movements, it’s not “censorship”. “Censorship” is actually something quite different.

    Second – I’m totally surprised with how strongly the Republicans oppose health care reform. My sense is that they will vehemently oppose anything the Democrats put forward, just on principle. Frankly, I don’t find it flattering. As someone else put it: “Democrats oppose war, Republicans oppose health care.” Which isn’t fair, of course, but it has the ring of truth to it.

    Third – Balko’s insinuation that only the left pulls this kind of a stunt is, of course, idiotic. I won’t even bother to cite examples.

  • I dont think Republicans oppose all health care reform – they just oppose giving government a greater role.

    For example, if Democrats had proposed a health care reform more along the lines of what the CEO of Whole Foods suggested, I think the tables would be completely reversed – majority of Republicans in favor with a large majority of Democrats opposed.

  • Oh and, Balko’s attack on Democrats in particular is not to imply that only Democrats do this…but that in this case it is hypocritical for Democrats to do it. Kinda like the politicians cheating on wives – it’s hypocritical when Republicans do it, though both parties do it with roughly the same frequency (For a recent Democrat example, google John Edwards love child – and he was doing it while his wife had cancer).

    The reason why its hypocritical is that its generally a Democratic issue to support “corporate responsibility”, of which Whole Foods is a perfect example of. But in this one case, they happen to speak against a Democrat topic – and now they are the enemy. In other words, Democrats support “corporate responsibility” when it suits them.

  • I dont think Republicans oppose all health care reform – they just oppose giving government a greater role.

    Perhaps I can illustrate with a case in point.

    My understanding is that end=of-life counseling has now been removed from the proposals to placate the Republicans. OK.


    Feel free to point me to one Republican – congressmen, blogger, or anyone – any single Republican anywhere on the internet – who supports Health Care Reform now that the “death panels” have been removed. Just one. Anywhere.

    Doesn’t that signal a high level of political partisanship and a low level of actual interest in health care policy? It certainly seems like it to me.

  • Your explanation of “Democratic hypocrisy” on corporate responsibility sounds right. Thanks.

  • Here’s another case in point:


    Basically, Grassley is saying that even if the healthcare bill contains all of the policies that he is in favor of, he still won’t vote for it if it’s too politically disadvantageous. That’s exactly the kind of “politics above all else” attitude that I am finding so unappealing from the Republicans.

  • Republicans are not supporting current healthcare reform because it all means expanding the governments role in healthcare. When Democrats propose healthcare reform that doesn’t dramatically increase the governments role and Republicans refuse to support it, then you can say Republicans refuse to support all healthcare reform.

    With that said, here is healthcare reform that Republicans would generally stand behind, see here.

  • HP,
    Republicans held both houses of Congress and the Presidency for six years. I don’t remember them ever having advanced a proposal for health care reform – even one that didn’t “increase the government’s role”.

    If I missed one, then point me to it, but some guy’s blog does not count.

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