The DMCB recalls reading that editorial. It wasn’t all THAT exciting. It was similar to many of the other just-say-no-to-government-involvement-in health-care opinion pieces that have been appearing almost daily in that newspaper over the last two months. Mr. Mackey, like many CEOs who want to cover health insurance for their employees, was in favor of a) promoting availability of high deductable plans as well as health savings accounts, b) allowing cross-State border health insurer competition, c) repealing benefit mandates that favor special interests, d) enacting tort reform, e) increasing cost transparency, f) reforming Medicare and (and this was a new one) g) using tax forms to enable voluntary donations to help persons without insurance.
The BLO and its action allies obviously beg to differ. What’s more, they argued that Whole Foods Market’s high nutritional-value products, like good health care, are also being priced out of reach by the same cold market-based logic.
But it won’t be so easy. As anyone who has visited the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington DC or CMS’ Headquarters in Baltimore knows, there are security guards posted at all the doors with metal detectors. What’s more, in Baltimore, you need to be on a preapproved list and your car will be get-out, open the hood, open the trunk and open your luggage searched. Unlike just walking in the front door at Whole Foods for a flash mob with instruments in hand, it’ll be hard to get that tuba through, let alone explaining what you’re up to to a Federal Officer.
And don’t even THINK about pulling any stunts at the Jefferson Memorial.