Imagine big corporations, in the name of profits, could override national or state laws meant to protect you, your patients, and your families. This world of higher drug prices, lax food safety regulations, and overturned climate protections could be on the horizon, thanks to risky, impending trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
What IS the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
This massive “free trade” agreement was negotiated behind closed doors with officials from the United States and 11 other countries—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
How does a “trade” deal impact public health?
Today’s “trade” agreements impose constraints over matters that impact your everyday life and have more to do with entrenching corporate power than they do about trade. For example, the TPP threatens to give giant healthcare corporations the right to privatize national healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies the ability to inflate drug costs, and other corporate interests the right to threaten food safety laws and environmental protections.
Who drafted the TPP?
Although the American people and even members of Congress were shut out of negotiations, big corporations and banks were in the room and helped draft the TPP—for their own profit.