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Obama's Health Care Corporate Friendly Trade Agreements could have major effects on patients' and the public's health

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Attempts to turn government toward private gain and away from being of the people, by the people, and for the people have no doubt been going on since the beginning of government (and since the Constitution was signed, in the case of the US). However, true health care reform would require curtailing the severe sorts of conflicts of interest created by the revolving door.

Real heath care reform would require multiyear cooling off periods before someone who worked in the commercial world can get a job in a government whose work has direct effect on his or her previous employer or industry sector, and before someone who worked in government whose work had direct effect on a particular economic sector can accept a job for a company in that sector.

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3. Greenberg H, Shiau S. The vulnerability of being ill-informed: the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and global public health. J Pub Health 2014; 36: 355-357, link here.
4. Thow AMT, Gleeson DH, Friel S. What doctors should know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Med J Aust 2015; 202: 165-167, link here.

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