John Mackey: Obamacare Likely to Raise Costs

John Mackey on Obamacare Mandate

Whole Foods Founder and Co-CEO John Mackey believes in providing health care for his company's team members. But he chafes at the new employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

It requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer health coverage to full-time employees who work 30 hours a week.

No matter that Whole Foods already provides benefits to team members who work at least 30 hours. The problem, Mackey explained, is that the type of benefit plans the government will likely mandate, will require more benefit coverage than he provides now. (Read More: )

The Health and Human Services Department is expected to finalize benefit coverage requirements later this spring, but Mackey said they are sure to raise costs.

Mackey told CNBC that he could be wrong about that, but doubts it. (Read More: ?)

"Could it work out? Sure," he said. "It's been my experience, though, that bureaucracies are not very flexible and they don't have great outcomes."

—By Bertha Coombs; Follow her on Twitter: @coombscnbc