Confessions Of A Male Nurse

November 21, 2009

John Mackey (Whole Foods Market CEO) On Health Care Reform, Veganism

From Reasontv:

When he started his first organic food store in Austin, Texas in 1978, Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey had no idea that he would eventually usher in not just a revolution in how we shop but what we buy. If you dig being able to buy dozens of types of once-exotic apples, or cheese, or wine, or soaps, or countless other items, you can thank Mackey in part for helping to create cathedrals of commerce that have vastly enriched our day-to-day lives and vastly expanded our palates. (Full disclosure: Mackey has contributed to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website.)

In August, Mackey became one of the most controversial businessmen in America when he penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal outlining his company’s free-market-oriented health care system and offering eight concrete reforms that would reduce costs and improve access. Noting that health care is not “a right” as that term is properly understood, Mackey forcefully argued that increasing government intervention into health care is precisely the wrong thing to do: “The last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.

For the whole interview, check out Reasontv.

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November 15, 2009

Manny! Manny! Manny!

So if you’re a nurse like me working in the United States, you’d probably be surrounded by Filipino nurses who basically turn the unit into mini-Manilas (I’m basically as Filipino as they are now). Of course, you can’t help but hear the triumphant jolly of the spectacular win in boxing for Filipino icon, Manny Pacquiao against champion Miguel Cotto.

As an amateur boxer myself, both fighters are my two of my favorites, probably along the lines of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier, and Jim Braddock (my other favorites). However, I must give my congratulations to Manny and thanks for a great fight, Miguel. Hope to see both in the ring again soon.

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