Medicare and Social Security: Biden and Trump are poison for these programs. They are setting up traps for the unwary

URGENT: Both US Presidential candidates have plans to make changes to our current Medicare and Social Security systems. But because of little known WTO rules,. changes of any kind - apart from leaving GATS, first, are both extremely ill advised. GATS COMMITMENTS PUT ALL PUBLIC SERVICES ON A FAST TRACK TO PRIVATIZATION THAT RATCHETS IN. GATS MUST BE LEFT NOW. As things are now, touching either of these programs in any way is very likely to destroy them. Also, the term "Medicare for All" should not be used because unless we leave GATS, via the Article XXI procedure, expanding Medicare to be any larger in scope than simply for the retired already in our social security system, will put it in grave danger, killing its ability to receive a subsidy sustainably. This is easy to show simply by reading the Annex on Financial services first paragraph, and tracing out what it means by looking up the literature on the pieces and definitions referred to. Don't trust either candidate because they can only further alienate our rights, not return us to the past when we could regulate these areas we committed in 1994 or even earlier. THAT'S WHAT TRADE AGREEMENTS DO. We're being subjected to a collossal scam, whose goal is to strip the American people of everything that makes it possible to live as a working person in this country. They are trading away our jobs and democracy. We're being run by crooks like never before and I mean both parties. Its been this way for a long time but the situation is progressively getting worse because that's what the GATS and other trade agreements we helped make this way do. There is no way to sugar coat this. Additionally, people should be aware that Bernie Sanders proposals had in fact all been taken off the table by the signing of the GATS in 1994, so he did the country a great disservice by not telling the country at all about GATS. In fact his advice - to vote for Biden in the context of failing to bring up the need to get out of GATS is very bad advice unless Biden literally promises to start the rocess to get out of GATS and not sign any additional trade deals and indeed get out of all trade deals that limit our regulatory freedom, as literally the first act he does, and agrees to resign immediately and call another election if he fails to do so. But of course such a promise would be unenforceable. People we are in a dire situation. We screwed up terribly by allowing our country to be taken over by the cabal of global oligarchs who want to trade away millions of decent jobs to the lowest bidding firms in the lowest paid countries. That is one of GATS goals, another is literally privatizing everything and ending government subsidies on areas where there are market failures, instead they want poor people to go to poor countries. Even as their jobs are being traded away and they are losing their homes and livelihoods.

One needs to know how GATS is rapidly making a great many of public services FTA-illegal all around the world. Another trade agreement, on services, TISA as well as another agreement which has extensive services coverage also, along with procurement provisions which are also problematic in other agreements, make virtually all politicians promises empty because these initiatives make virtually all new deal style programs FTA-illegal.

They also intentionally make themselves almost impossibly costly to leave.

TISA in particular is an ugly expansion of GATS, giving it legitimacy it does not deserve. If you do a little research on these deals you'll find that they are insanely agaainst virtually everything people of both parties want the government to do in almost every area.

TISA also is even more criminogenic than GATS, turning politicians into liars by capturing policy space so it can be impossibly costly to get back. .

It will almost certainly be revived under Biden, or quite possibly Trump also if he wins a second term, but I think its clear that Biden is almost certain to do that. His assertions that he intends to keep everything the same is a coded message that he will continue the Obama trade agenda. The US is unlike many other countries in the depth and scope of our commitments in financial services, healthcare, and other "sensitive" services, GATS requires our financial services safety net elements, (health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and anything that affects trade in financial services to be progressively eliminated and/or reduced in scope.

Without a radical change and bluntly, new candidates, we are in a mine field and its virtually guaranteed they will destroy them. These links show why.

What must be done first to avoid disaster? We must perform an important procedure (GATS Article XXI withdrawing our relevant services totally from the GATS) in Geneva, which its highly likely neither current Presidential candidate would do!

The late Nicholas Skala's 2009 paper is a good introduction to many of the issues, as far as healthcare.

Patricia Arnold's 2006 article is a good basic read on the problems presented to Social Security and Medicare, and why.

One also must learn about the two versions of the governmental authority exclusion, and why they matter.

The relevant sectors of the absolutely horrible GATS (existing) trade in services agreement must be LEFT by the USTR's office via the Article XXI procedure FIRST. And we must not sign any new democracy-destroying agreements like TISA.

Please read both the paper on GATS and financial services deregulation section on Social Security, Medicare - and the paper GATS and Public Services Systems, footnotes, search on "annex"

Read also the extremely useful paper by Nicholas Skala on GATS and US health care reform. Make certain you understand the difference between being considered "services" in the scope of the GATS and not. (All the kinds of healthcare we can rely on are able to exist ONLY IF OUTSIDE OF THE GATS scope!

Does GATS apply to a state healthcare system? (From it's Article I:3 (b) and (c) )

Any changes to "expand Medicare" WITHOUT LEAVING THE PREVIOUSLY COMMITTED GATS SERVICE SECTORS FIRST via the Article XXI procedure will destroy it by privatizing it, which will be a disaster for this country!

Medicare is in danger because its seen as an impediment to globall trade in health insurance. Also its againat the core US ideology, which stands opposed to non-profit services and government involvement. Both US parties are adamant in the international sphere, united against non-profit services. Social Security also stands in the way of the massive outsourcing of jobs thats planned.

Many jobs will vanish from these shores forever, meaning many people wont be working and even the most highly skilled workers may not ever be able to get a job that offers any job stability, because of the changes which will undermine wages for even the better paying jobs a very great deal.

So as you see, things are very different than both parties tell their voter, really they are both the opposite of what thet claim to be now.

The current politicians, none of them have any intention of fixing healthcare by instituting a sustainable system. We who consider ourselves progressives are being led into a trap by a pivot which has as far as I can tell, 100% probability of causing a huge disaster.Because we absolutely cannot expand Medicare without leaving GATS first, that will privatize and globalize it. Turning what are now benefits into a trap to privatize the entire system. By avoiding telling the country about GATS ever, and hiding its every effect and choice for 26 years, both parties have created a "simulacrum" a fake political system here based almost entirely on subtle lies, like North Korea's. its that far removed from the truth in crucial ways.  Nothing is as it seems.

Its like waving a red flag in front of  bull, a scheme intended to justify punitive sanctions on the United States. They probably worked this out in advance beforehand. I guarantee to you that once you investigate this scheme you'll realize just how insanely this situation has been rigged by the rich and powerful in the worst possible way. And this has gone on and been kept secret since before September 15-20, 1986.

GATS is literally a world agreement to privatize all public services, except the tiny number of ones that either are completely noncommercial and have no competition, or are exempted by carve outs, (Our TISA seems intended to switch it from opt in to opt out!)

or which qualify for the exemption in the beginning of the GATS Annex on Financial Services, whose applicability is already in grave danger since the Arnold and GATS and Public Services Systems articles were written -many new government efforts to further erode their protections have been undertaken. DON'T TRUST THEM, this shell game is one we absolutely cant win if we do.

We should be certain nothing is as it seems, Our government is lying to us. Its part of a 36 year old scheme to funnel wealth and jobs to 3rd world oligarchs. Cooked up in the 80s. 

To increase profits, lower wages and trade off high perceived value low profit (i.e. decent wages) jobs and lock in obscene prices on essential services of all kinds. Its literally the deal from hell having caused at least three major US disasters already! (For example, loss of the lives of at least a million poor Americans over the more than two decades while HC has been rigged so it could not be fixed by voting, THAT'S what I am talking about here, friends. And two other major disasters in financial services and higher education.)

it tries to privatize our last remaining sustainable public services because it sees them as speed bumps on the superhighway to total outsourcing and offshoring of jobs and the impoverishment of the once middle class. That's what they want, because we expect promises to be kept that they now find burdensome, having new ways to staff jobs.

If you're not rich you're unlikely to know how obsessed the very wealthy are of getting rid of obligations to help the poor and the Baby Boom demographic hump. trust me they are.

GATS (and the likely pending soon again TISA which is supposed to be merged with GATS at a future date to make it even more insidious and stealthy) is a huge trap thats been built over more than three decades to trade large numbers of jobs away in order to get things countries want from other countries. In our case, we likely want things like extended patent terms for Rx drugs and higher drug prices, also US companies want to literally buy up foreign firms that make affordable generics, to take cheap generic drugs off the market, and they want special WTO statuses to build their new factories overseas.

Please don't trust politicians of any kind, on this issue, they are all dishonest, I have to conclude lacking any proof to the contrary. The whole country has been deceived on this entire issue as you will see on this fact based site.

not a single US politician is trustable. No matter if their "advice" agrees with what these papers say or not, believe them only. Since bernie Sanders left the race his advice to vote for Biden and his failure to bring the GATS issue up ever, - the same with Pramila Jayapal, is unlikely to be a naive omission.)

See this video by the late Nicholas Skala, which does not mention his WTO paper at all, but his advice is sound. Only single payer can be exempted from the GATS. It replaces all other healthcare including Medicare. Making even any change to the single payer model or delaying it for any time is a trap. we have to get out of GATS first, we cannot follow these peoples advice as for decades this scheme has been cooking to destroy our safety nets now, probably and outsource and offshore potentially millions of jobs and likely in the near future also poorer patients.

(also prisons, and many other jobs and services)

An excellent paper by Patricia Arnold and Terrie Reeves in the Journal of Business Ethics is useful for showing the we of commitments we have made. A university library or service like DeepDyve should have it.

There is no way any kind of adequate sustainable Medicare could continue if it is subjected to GATS (privatized) which "expanding Medicare" to be any larger than Social Security will automatically do otherwise, even if its just a little. 

Just some of the GATS rules which make any kind of decent sustainable money saving healthcare impossible by design. There are many others that we volutarily piled on top of these ones including a freeze on new regulation after 1998, except under emergency conditions, and a few other intentionally unavailable exemptions intended to show that its impossible to evade the GATS rules and punish countries that ignore them.

Any politician who does that is up to no good, and walking us into a trap.

This situation is rigged in the absolute worst way imaginable. Dont trust anybody.  Read the relevant rules on the WTO site. You can find a bunch of links below, read them and understand them. The first two links discuss this issue in their footnotes. 

The footnotes are the small print at the bottoms of pages or the ends of papers (under "References") in scholarly literature..

The rule at the top of the Annex on Financial Services, pictured below is why.Annex on Financial Services contains traps for the Unwary that can destroy Medicare, Social Security and all other services currently considered to be part of our social security system, like Medicare and Social Security itself.

See our GATS Article XXI pages.

Its obvious why our legislators dont want to discuss GATS, we need to get it out into the open also because it trades away potentially millions of jobs.If we withdraw some of the largest job containing sectors like healthcare, other countries MAY seek compensation for the lost expected jobs and patients. If they dont right then, then they will lose the chance to.

Other countries then have a chance to seek compensation for the jobs they claim to have been promised. This entire setup is illegitimate. .

(Many may not come forward then because it would be a public relations nightmare to be associated with the GATS scam and its blatant fraud on the American people to steal our jobs, Medicare and Social Security by our obviously corrupt leadership. If they don't come forward now, then they lose the chance and we are set free and can THEN and only then do what we need to do which cannoty be even the slightest bit different We need to have a single plan that replaces all health care payment including self-pay-cash, and concierge medicine - replaces it with a national single payer plan for all that covers all medically necessary care at the best possible level .)

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