By Elise Viebeck - 01/16/13 02:41 PM EST
The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash.
John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR.
The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian leader Benito Mussolini, and was later applied to the Nazis and the authoritarian leadership of Francisco Franco in Spain.
Mackey made headlines in 2009 for a Wall Street Journal op-ed that compared healthcare reform to socialism.
He co-founded Whole Foods, the popular chain of natural-foods supermarkets, in 1980.