[Ip-health] Oppose the TPP, Protect Public Health

er zeiglerdw at aol.com
Fri Jun 3 12:53:05 PDT 2016

Thanks, Ellen.

FYI, I sent a copy to James Carbo, APHA's Chief of Staff.  Don Zeigler

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From: Ellen Shaffer <ershaffer at cpath.org>
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Subject: Oppose the TPP, Protect Public Health


Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Protect Public Health

Co-authored by Ellen Shaffer, Joe Brenner, Joshua Yang, Donald Zeigler

The U.S. electorate is massively opposed, across the political spectrum, to the proposed Trans Pacific Partnerhsip (TPP). Hatched during the market triumphalism of the 1980s, modern era trade agreements like the TPP have contributed to the most lopsided inequality in income distribution since the Great Depression. They created the commercial and legal framework for outsourcing living-wage jobs, escalating the prices of critical medicines, and assigning corporate privileges globally that undermine national and local government laws and regulations onclimate and the environment, labor standards and occupational safety and health, controls on tobacco, alcohol and obesogenic foods and beverages, and privatizing services such as health, education, social services, water, and corrections.

The TPP would continue and extend these policies, which significantly undermine the social and economic determinants of the public’s health. In fact, even the recent analysis by the usually complacent International Trade Commission concedes that the TPP would add virtually nothing to U.S. economic growth, while further eroding jobs in 16 out of 25 U.S. economic sectors in agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Public health must not collude with efforts to resuscitate the TPP.

Two recent high profile statements attempt to drum up support for the unpopular TPP based on a faulty analysis of provisions that greatly concern public health: tobacco control, and access to medicines.
continued at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-r-shaffer/oppose-the-trans-pacific_b_10280518.html


Dr. Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD MPH
Asst. Clinical Professor, UCSF
Co-Director, Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health/CPATH
P.O. Box 29586
San Francisco, CA 94129-0586
Phone 415-922-6204

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