Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voiced her opposition to the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was just approved by the House.
Cortez raised concerns that the trade deal would raise Canadian pharmaceutical prices and thus, cause a negative impact to the Americans who are now taking advantage of the low drug prices across the U.S.-Canada border.
She told voters at a community town hall in Woodside on Saturday, Dec. 14, that she would probably vote against the deal when it is taken to the House ballot.
“Folks who, because of our shameful health care system in the United States, cross the border into Canada to try to purchase insulin to bring back,” she said, would feel threatened due to the rising price of pharmaceuticals.”
The deal has been praised by both parties as the great trade deal and the rare bipartisan achievement.
“There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference announcing the deal on Dec. 10, reported The Associated Press.
President Trump also cited the deal to be “the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA.”
“America’s great USMCA Trade Bill is looking good. It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody—farmers, manufacturers, energy, unions—tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!” the president tweeted.
The deal has been pending for approval by the House for a year and was ratified an hour after the announcement of two articles of impeachment against President Trump, which the president commented, “Without the impeachment, they would have never approved it, in my opinion.”