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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

January 6, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) concludes his first year in Congress, he has worked with members of both parties on behalf of small businesses, middle class families, veterans, students, and seniors across the Coachella Valley.
November 25, 2013 Press Release
Palm Springs, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) introduced a bipartisan bill designed to help curb healthcare fraud among senior citizens.
November 15, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on the House vote for H.R. 3350, Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.
October 31, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) was joined by 32 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, urging that they prioritize resources to combat fraud in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.
October 17, 2013 Press Release
Today I voted for a pragmatic solution to end the government shutdown and avert a financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. While this bill is not perfect...
September 30, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced that his Congressional Office would expand hours of operation in the event of a government shutdown to assist constituents affected by closures.
September 28, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after House leadership refused to pass a clean continuing resolution, paving the way to a government shutdown.
September 27, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) issued the following statement in response to the Senate passage of legislation to fund the government:
August 14, 2013 Press Release


Indio, CA – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) visited with volunteers and patients at the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic (CVVIM) in Indio. This non-profit clinic provides free medical services to low-income, uninsured patients throughout the Coachella Valley. Dr. Ruiz served as a founding board member for the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine and played an active role in making the clinic operational in November 2010.

May 16, 2013 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today released the following statement regarding his vote against H.R. 45, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: