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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Health Care

As an Emergency Room doctor, I know how important it is for people in the 36th district to have access to quality, affordable health care. Some improvements have been made to our healthcare system, such as allowing parents to insure their children until the age of 26, making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, and ensuring that people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied insurance coverage. However, our system remains imperfect and expensive, wasting billions every year and we must continue working to improve it.

We must address the waste, fraud and abuse in our health care system. In my position on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I have focused on improving the health care system for our nation’s veterans and developing bipartisan solutions to end the Veterans Affairs backlog of disability claims. There are real opportunities to save the American public billions of dollars, like using electronic medical records to coordinate care and make our healthcare system more efficient. Also, allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices on behalf of beneficiaries would save over a billion dollars and make prescriptions more affordable for our seniors.

I am first and foremost a physician, and the health of our community is my chief concern. I will continue to fight to protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have worked hard to earn and find bipartisan solutions that will improve our nation’s healthcare system. Good ideas don’t belong to a single party, and I will continue to reach across the aisle to improve healthcare for the residents of California’s 36th Congressional district.

More on Health Care

July 6, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) joined a limited, bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders to finalize the language of a bill to address opioid abuse and addiction across the nation.
 

April 29, 2016 Page

April 11, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Dr. Ruiz (CA-36), a Harvard alumnus, was invited to speak at Harvard Medical School of Medicine to address health equity, social justice and diversity before students and faculty.
March 3, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) authored a bipartisan letter, signed by 61 of his colleagues, to House Speaker Ryan urging a vote on emergency funding to fight the Zika virus that continues to spread through the Americas.
February 8, 2016 Press Release
Palm Desert, Ca – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior announced $3 million in new funding for the Salton Sea.
January 5, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement on President Obama’s executive actions to reduce gun violence.
November 5, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) spoke on the House floor to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first large-scale Salton Sea restoration project at Red Hill Bay Marina.
November 4, 2015 In The News

 

Imagine a busy emergency department. An ambulance delivers a patient with a severely broken leg that is bleeding profusely.  In order to save the patient, the doctors must set priorities: first address the life-threatening problem (the profuse bleeding), and then go on to repair the fracture and rebuild the leg.

November 2, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement regarding the attack against community leader George Zander and his partner, Chris Zander:
October 30, 2015 Press Release
Palm Desert, CA – Thursday, November 5 at 10:00AM, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Imperial Irrigation District, and state and local officials in a “Playa Breaking” ceremony to initiate the first shovel-to-ground restoration and dust mitigation project at the Salton Sea.

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