By Alexander Bolton - 03/13/13 03:18 PM EDT
Senate conservatives say the budget plan unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (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.
Two conservative Senate Republicans on Wednesday said all of “ObamaCare” should be repealed.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 Cruz (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 Lee (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.