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    Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Undercuts US Health Care System

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    The United States' Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement undermines health care system of the US and negotiating countries, including New Zealand, Australia and Japan, preliminary analysis conducted by Wikileaks has revealed.

    MOSCOW, June 10 (Sputnik) — The United States' Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, negotiated with 11 other countries, undermines the US health care system, the consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen said Wednesday.

    The Wikileaks whitsleblower website published a batch of classified documents earlier in the day, dubbed the TPP's Transparency for Healthcare Annex. Wikileaks argues that the annex grants pharmaceutical companies greater powers to challenge decisions perceived as harmful to their interests.

    Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program director, says US President Barack Obama's secretive negotiation process, "acting at the behest of pharmaceutical companies, has subjected Medicare to a series of procedural rules."

    "That would limit Congress' ability to enact policy reforms that would reduce prescription drug costs for Americans — and might even open to challenge aspects of our health care system today," Maybarduk writes.

    Preliminary analysis conducted by Wikileaks has revealed that the negotiating countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan and other Latin American and Southeast Asian countries, would suffer similar consequences as the US health care system.

    The TPP, Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating processes are shrouded in controversy because of the trade deals' secretive nature. Uncertain implications for rights, employment relations and the environment have also drawn ire from labor unions and other watchdogs.

    Additional concerns have arisen after the US Senate passed a fast-track trade bill late last month, granting the president authority to negotiate the TPP, TISA and TTIP, with Congress given only an up or down vote without the ability to amend the agreements.

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    healthcare, Medicare, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), United States
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