A huge find from Maine: Do Obama and the 3 "free trade agreements" have a hidden agenda of using "free trade", "standstill","ratchet" and ISDS lock-in as a scam or pretext to block affordable public health care in the US?
You know how sometimes you're looking around for something and can't find it and then it suddenly turns up and it was right in front of you, but just somewhere you forgot to look? Well, this 2006 PDF "DRAFT Assessment—for Citizen Trade Policy Commission review Report to the Health Care Subcommittee of the Maine CTPC" contains a totally on topic explanation of the core free-trade-agreement vs. affordable health care issues from, of all places, Lambert's home state of Maine. It also contains recommendations for Maine - which are really, recommendations for the whole United States, which we need to get on top of, because the stealth neoliberal Obama Administration, and their trade negotiations are busy in Europe and elsewhere, trying as much as they can to sign our rights away.
It also puts the situation into some historical perspective, showing what the trade negotiators were thinking, at the time. It seems to me that they were and are willing - perhaps even eager to sign away whatever rights ordinary Americans, at the state or national levels, may still have, in exchange for the magic beans desired by the health insurance and drug companies, who see dollar signs overseas, for them, even as they bankrupt the nation here. This is a prime example of an "out of touch with reality" government aggressively and covertly acting against the public interest, on bahalf of large, dare I say, greedy, corporate interests.
I'm still reading this now, but I wanted to pass this URL along quickly because it dovetails with the blog post I did yesterday about the GATS, and explains some of the questions I have been wondering about literally for years. Here is a chance to see the situation as it exists now, and I hope that all of you will sit down and think, what can I do to help bring about a carve out that allows the US to have ANY kind of health care is necessary in the future without having to compensate any foreign company, ever, for something that is not theirs, that they were given for free by and because of what looks to me too much like corruption to be comfortable. This is a PRIME example of why INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT, standstill and ratchet MUST GO. They are ticking time bmbs being thrown at the public interest and potential huge scams to steal trillions of dollars from teh public for absolutely nothing. We dont need investment with these time bombs attached to it!
I read yesterday that these FTAs arguably don't even increase trade. Trade is just used as a pretext to try to steal crucial rights from the people without their knowing it.
Please check back here later, as I may add to this. Ive already identified some important things in here that I need to research a bit.