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Sat Sep 6, 2014, 09:45 AM

1. Here is what we would be looking forward to (and all those who say the ACA will lead to single payer

 

have another think coming, if/when the TPP is forced upon us) :

http://www.correntewire.com/slovakias_legal_battle_to_implement_single_payer_vs_special_corporate_rights_under_free_trade

Recap: Slovaks were fed up with the ever rising cost of health insurance, so in 2006, they elected a government that ran on a platform promising to limit the profits of the insurers and transition to single payer.

However, a previous government had- back in the 1990s, signed one of those (quite inappropriately named, we will see) "free trade agreements", which had the kinds of clauses which a lot of the others have too (in the US, going back to NAFTA and GATS) limiting what they could do. It created these new "rights" - under investor-state. If anything the country did adversely effected any multinational corporations business interests, the corporations "rights" came first!

If Slovaks wanted their freedom, they would now have to pay.

But, in what is now clearly a pattern, they didn't realize this so in 2006 they passed this health reform law, the first part of the law was to limit the profits of health insurers, the second part was to end commercial for profit and transition to single payer, nonprofit, but they didn't get that far, because a multinational, an insurer sued them for what countries should have a right to do, adjust to changing conditions! Then in a second case the insurer sued them for what appears to me to be what they consider to be a "taking" of their "property" They lost because the panel said they had to wait until Slovakia actually implemented the law

(Slovakia said they could no longer afford to since the first decision had taken their money) So the insurer actually won because the country's people's rights were frustrated.


Under the trade agreement, enacting single payer causes private insurance to lose profits.

I have the feeling, and I hope I am wrong, that Fast Track will just get another cute name and the TPP and all the other "free trade" agreements will be dumped on us before 2016, so that they cannot be attached to a certain prospective Dem candidate. I have noticed that anything Hillary was fond of, like the TPP is, of course, Obama's fault, and Hillary was just a placeholder, doing Obama's bidding.

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