Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday said he will vote against the $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” bill that is hitting the Senate floor, becoming the first 2016 candidate to oppose the legislation.
The senator said he opposes the House-passed Medicare reform package because it “institutionalizes and expands ObamaCare policies” while adding billions to the deficit.
“Any deal should be fully paid for and include significant and structural reforms to Medicare,” Cruz wrote in a statement, released just a few hours before the Senate is expected to take up the legislation.
Cruz’s move could ramp up the pressure on the other two presidential candidates in the upper chamber, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who have not yet said how they will vote on the bill.