subsidies

If a service is partially subsidized, its subject to all these onerous GATS rules that will gradually privatize and outsource its jobs, like the millions of jobs in dozens of core professions like medicine, nursing, teaching, computer and related services, IT, financial services, engineering, and basically everything that doesn't pass the two line governmental authority exclusion test. So don't take out any mortgages, or go into debt. You could lose everything.

Subsidies in mixed (public/private) systems must be limited to the most minimally trade restrictive practicable, and limited in time and scope.

That is unless the services involved are "supplied as an exercise of governmental authority" which they almost never are.

That means that if you define progressivism the way I do, they always must lose in countries like the US that have made significant commitments in important sectors, like the US, or not do anything. In other words, GATS[missing page] basically requires that the system be rigged, or close to it.

(To prevent crowd-out of for profit services) Additionally, partial subsidies expose jobs in that service sectors to globalization, a trap which will expose millions of jobs to severe - unaddressable downward pressure on wages.  Creating a two tiered system of unemployed citizens and legal permanent residents (who are struggling to survive and may have to leave the country to find work) and working Mode Four workers, whose presence in countries depends on whether they are employed by transnational corporations. (Try Search terms "GATS Mode 4" "GATS Mode four" "temporary movement of natural persons" "movement of natural persons" "labour mobility" "Patient mobility" "medical tourism" "Most favored nation" "MFN exemptions"

Partial subsidized services i.e. "public options" are doomed from the beginning in countries that have made significant commitments in those areas. 

Look at the position expressed by India, explained in the position paper below.

Frankly, other countries argue they are entitled to those jobs, and that they have been kept waiting for too long.

Partially subsidized services are clearly endangered under WTO law. the US seems particularly obsessed by this issue, and not in the way we would want.

See image below. Article is referring to the UK but it also applies to many other countries including the the US if it makes the mistake of trying to expand Medicare without leaving GATS first

It also applies to many other countries but not very many of them made the commitments we made IN FINANCIAL SERVICES so the danger is particularly great for us.

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See   Note from the WTO Secretariat.

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