Republican Sen. Scott Brown has come out against Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan and its proposed overhaul of Medicare, a move that further exposes the deep divisions within the GOP over the proposal.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said Susan Collins was up for reelection next year. She's next up in 2014.
In an Op-Ed article in Politico, Brown, from Massachusetts, said he couldn’t support Ryan’s plan because it would force seniors to pick up too much of the burden for rising healthcare costs.
“Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal path. But I do not think it requires us to change Medicare as we know it,” Brown wrote, borrowing a phase from Democratic critics of the plan. “We can work inside of Medicare to make it more solvent.”
Brown is the latest GOP moderate to take a stand against Ryan’s budget, which aims to cut $5.8 trillion in federal spending over 10 years. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has already said she’d vote against it.
Brown is up for reelection next year.
Nearly six weeks after it was approved by the GOP-led House, Ryan’s plan continues to be unpopular with large segments of the public, and Democrats have been hammering Republicans on the issue -- with some apparent success. Still, some party leaders are insisting on fealty to the Ryan plan, and outspoken GOP critics have been chastised.