Senate Republicans: Ryan plan ‘doesn’t go far enough’ to repeal ‘ObamaCare’

Senate conservatives say the budget plan unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanPost: Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis Ryan: CBO's healthcare estimate is 'bogus' Kushner speech to congressional interns delayed MORE (R-Wis.) does not go far enough because it leaves parts of President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act intact.

The Ryan budget would leave intact about $700 billion in cuts to Medicare providers made under the 2010 healthcare reform law to pay for a major expansion of health insurance.

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The Ryan budget also assumes new tax revenues generated by the healthcare law will continue.

Two conservative Senate Republicans on Wednesday said all of “ObamaCare” should be repealed.

“In my view, the Ryan budget is a strong step in the right direction but it doesn’t go far enough,” said Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPost: Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis Cruz: GOP will 'look like fools' if ObamaCare isn’t repealed The GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million MORE (R-Texas).

Cruz and 14 Republican co-sponsors have offered an amendment to the continuing resolution on the Senate floor this week to repeal the healthcare law entirely.

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeCruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda The Memo: Trump tries to bend Congress to his will MORE (R-Utah) agreed that Ryan should not have left the law’s Medicare cuts and tax increases in place.

“My answer is the same as his,” Lee said. “I would have loved for it to have gone further.”

Lee said, however, the Ryan budget, overall is a step in the right direction.