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Here’s an Alternative Pacific Trade Deal:

Our Tough Environmental Protection and Their Tough Generic Protection

The New York Times, August 1, 2015


So the Pacific Trade talks have broken down, at least for the moment. The 12 nations approved great-sounding environmental goals — more in line with U.S. laws though often opposed by Asian and South American countries — but unfortunately, without much enforcement power. Meanwhile, among other remaining issues, the U.S. wants to protect Big Pharma’s high profits and long patents, while most other countries want their citizens to have faster access to less-expensive generic drugs. Hmmm, isn’t this exactly what negotiations are for — compromising to get the best of both worlds? Why don’t we throw Big Pharma under the bus in order to save the planet (and save money for American medical patients, while we’re at it)? Uh oh, what if our negotiators bargain it the wrong way?

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