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  •  We would also lose authority to regulate (2+ / 0-)
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    Andiamo, sceptical observer

    health insurers beyond the "broad" permissions written into GATS:

    Such foreign service-providers operating within the United States may be regulated only under policies that do not extend beyond the constraints set by the GATS. The GATS scope of coverage is extremely broad. When a service sector is bound to the agreement, the GATS requires that all policies "affecting trade in services"14 "taken by central, regional or local governments and authorities" and "non-governmental bodies in the exercise of powers delegated by central, regional or local governments or authorities"15 conform to GATS rules....

    Also, the GATS forbids "measures which restrict or require specific types of legal entity or joint venture through which a service supplier may supply a service,"17 which would forbid requirements that certain health services be provided only on a not-for-profit basis.

    14 WTO, General Agreement on Trade in Services, Article I:1.
    15 WTO, General Agreement on Trade in Services, Article I:3(a)...
    17 WTO, General Agreement on Trade in Services, Article XVI:2(e).

    I hope these quotes speak for themselves. If they don't, I would draw your attention to their point of revealing that GATS limits our ability to regulate businesses operating within our borders in ways that the GATS interprets as restrictive of free trade.  While the Public Citizen report suggests it is possible for nations to remove trade areas from WTO jurisdiction, they are penalized heavily for doing so.

    It's government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations and we the people will be lucky (will we?) if we do not perish from the earth in the process.

    "The wealthy and powerful have a seat at the table and the rest of us are on the menu" (Biden 2008).

    by vahana on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 05:38:20 PM PDT

    •  The Senate bill I think might violate (0+ / 0-)

      the legal entity rule by requiring one exchange member be a non-profit.

      The exchange itself also might be in violation of GATS.

      the GATS forbids "measures which restrict or require specific types of legal entity or joint venture through which a service supplier may supply a service"

      •  Faith-based (0+ / 0-)

        That's what they do to legalize baby selling/brokering/exporting. Did you know the US is a leading baby-exporting nation?

        Discounts! No Wait!

        Selling Insurance across State Lines triggers NAFTA-like provisions in the GATS treaty that potentially makes affordable healthcare impossible!

        by Andiamo on Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 06:57:44 AM PDT

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