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  •  A Constitutional challenge of WTO/NAFTA etc (1+ / 0-)
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    would make a LOT of sense. I'm with you on that one!

    Lets do it.

    But until then, THEY make the rules, The US's proposals, if anything are among the most extreme, calling for expansion of WTO powers to force nations to allow multinationals to determine things like prices and block attempts by states to save lives by saving money.

    Obama follows the treaty requirements pretty closely, he just says stuff like public option to keep people hoping.

    He/they don't tell us this because its not a pretty picture.

    We want desperately to "hope".

    Source - Unions and Health Care reform article in Dissent Magazine

    "In the wake of these technological innovations are the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), the North American Free Trade Agreement, the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, and the various hemispheric trade agreements. Conceived as one-way streets to privatization, the treaties commit governments to open domestic markets to global competition by eliminating "barriers to trade" (for example, licensing standards, safety standards, higher reimbursement levels for public providers), even when the "barriers" treat foreign corporations exactly the same as domestic corporations. The bottom-up approach of GATS allows countries to commit sector by sector to its provisions. The United States hasn't agreed to open professional health care services to global competition, but it has opened management of hospitals and other health care facilities as well as health insurance. Theoretically, single-payer national health insurance is already prohibited under GATS. Under NAFTA's provisions for investor-to-state suits, single-payer could be challenged either by a foreign insurance company or a U.S. insurer incorporated off-shore that wanted to recapture a share of the U.S. market. Under any of the pacts, the state attorney general's charitable trust authority that SEIU relied on in the CHW and Tenet campaigns might be severely restricted. Strategies such as those SEIU used to organize home care workers-winning creation of a public employer of record for privately contracted home care workers-might be considered an illegal monopoly and outlawed."

    The NAFTA-like GATS and its ratchet effect is an potential minefield for public health care! It is SO important that EVERY Democrat needs to read up on it, NOW!

    by Andiamo on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 05:20:11 AM PDT

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    •  I am pretty sure SCHIP is WTO-illegal (1+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea
      I know that US Medicare is on thin ice.. because of the privatization. You can't "half privatize" something and expect it to survive. The GATS "ratchet effect" is designed to make privatization a one way road.

      The NAFTA-like GATS and its ratchet effect is an potential minefield for public health care! It is SO important that EVERY Democrat needs to read up on it, NOW!

      by Andiamo on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 05:44:01 AM PDT

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