(San Antonio Express-News) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday he’s not backing down from his no-holds-barred fight against the federal health care law despite the political backlash even from fellow Republicans.

At a speech to the Texas Medical Association, ahead of a scheduled appearance in San Antonio, he kept up his barrage of criticism against Senate Republicans who didn’t support the effort that he helped lead to stop funding for the federal health care law during budget negotiations. The fight led to a partial government shutdown.

Praising House Republicans’ plan that he supported, Cruz said, “You don’t win a fight when your own team is firing cannons at the people who are standing up and leading,” referring to House Republicans.

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