While we mourn the loss of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, it’s very ironic that President Obama continues to push policies in trade deals aimed at inflating drug prices through expansive corporate monopolies for medication. This practice is evident in the leaked intellectual property chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a major trade pact being negotiated between the Obama administration and 11 Pacific nations, the Huffington Post reports.
Doctors Without Borders and other humanitarian groups have issued stern warnings against the Obama administration’s policies. They argue that the proposed deal would increase treatment costs around the world. Former president Bill Clinton squeezed South Africa in a similar manner.
This is all very ironic. President Obama said his whole career was inspired by Nelson Mandela but his administration’s actions are a departure from the anti-apartheid fighter’s commitment to allowing access to affordable drugs in developing countries.