Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Will Create a Permanent Part-Time Workforce

The CEO of Whole Foods, well known for standing against Obamacare, recently pointed out that the President’s government take over of our healthcare system will create a permanent part-time work force filled with positions that will never be able to advance to full time work. Because of that, Obamacare is hardly a very American ideal as it puts a government-enforce, concrete ceiling on top of workers who hope to better themselves.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey appeared on Fox News with Stuart Varney on December 18 to discuss the negative impact that Obamacare is having on the nation’s economy and its workforce.

After 35 years in business, Mackey knows how badly Obamacare will hurt the country. “It’s raising our costs,” Mackey said. “We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” he pointed out.

He went on to logically note that these higher costs will eat up any raises that might have been offered to employees not to mention that these higher costs will end up being passed on to some degree to shoppers who will be stuck with higher costs at the cash register.

With Obgamacare’s change to the way full time work has always been thought of, going from a 40-hour work week to a 30-hour week, this will hurt many millions of America’s workers.

“[The 30-hour week mandate] creates the wrong incentives for employers. It creates incentive for fewer full time workers and more part time,” Mackey told Varney. “If all our competitors are going that direction, we’ll probably have that same kind of incentive to do the same.”

So, not only does Obamacare force us all to pay higher healthcare costs out of our pocket, but it will prevent millions of us from being able to work more hours to help pay for those higher costs!

Whole Foods employes 80,000 workers across the country.

So, what do you think? Is Mackey right? Is Obama hurting our most vulnerable workers, those at the lower end of the pay scale?

(H/T Washington Free Beacon)


Posted by on December 20, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • jim_m

    They’ll make us all beggars because they’re easier to please.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    100% correct. It’s already happening. It’s been happening since 2010 and since mid-2012 it’s been accelerating. And not merely at companies the size of Whole Foods. Actually, if anything, the mass shift from full-time to part-time is and has been ongoing at at companies in that 55-75 employee range, of which there are many thousands. They can’t squeeze themselves under the 50-employee threhold of the law, so for as many people as practicable they’re cutting hours under 30 (the coverage mandate threshold) and stripping those new part-time workers of all health benefits. Obviously the media isn’t reporting this, and given the demographics of the chattering classes not too many of the putative cognescenti know about it, but that is in fact the reality. Politics and laws have severe consequences. Keep that in mind when you decide for whom to vote or not to vote.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Why thank you for taking your time to explain to us that which we already knew.

    • Commander_Chico

      -1 for lack of “Glenn Beck’s crack pipe.”

  • Retired military

    ” Is Obama hurting our most vulnerable workers, those at the lower end of the pay scale?”
    Did the sun rise in the east?
    Is water wet?

    • ljcarolyne

      OBUMMER IS AND HAS HURT everything and everyone but his selfish self. You can take that to the bank along with the rest of the fraud we all have been dished out on day after day. YAWN!!

  • GarandFan

    The first priority of any business, like with any human, is SELF PRESERVATION. A business wants to survive and thrive. To do that, it must contain costs and provide a valuable product (that is wanted) at minimum cost.

    Unfortunately, statists (aka Democrats) believe that change happens in a vacuum. Higher costs are not reflected in higher consumer prices. Somehow the cost increase is “magically” absorbed by the business. Workers get HIGHER pay, customers get CHEAPER prices.

    Just look at all the “free” stuff in ObamaCare.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves


      Nor free medical care for that matter.

  • LiberalNightmare

    We need a part time job market.

    What the hell else can we do with people who have spent the last 8 years getting a doctorate in dwarfish lesbian gender based horticulture?

    • Commander_Chico

      They get jobs in the State Department and design programs in dwarfish lesbian gender based horticulture in Kyrgyzstan.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        After they get an additional government-funded degree in ‘Islamic Sensitivity Studies.’

  • ljcarolyne

    Meanwhile Obummer vacations in Hawaii on our nickel and dime. Hope he has a miserable time, and his spendaholic family is even more miserable. What a shame for Whole Foods, a great place to shop BTW. Looks like Mackey will be successful in spite of the Usurper. Pray for Obummer’s destruction before he completely destroys our country! I despise this hateful greedy Regime!

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Eh, They’re badly overpriced, I think, and their breads (especially the cracked pepper/Parmesan rolls) come already stale in the bag.

      Which is a shame, because those rolls are delicious even hard as rocks…

      • alanstorm

        You obviously don’t appreciate the fact that they take the time to “pre-stale” their products, thus saving you time and effort!