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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

May 9, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today joined a bipartisan group of House members in opposing H.R. 807. This so-called “debt prioritization” legislation would mandate that in the event of a default on the national debt, China and other foreign nations would be paid before military service members, retired and disabled veterans, doctors and hospitals that treat Medicare patients, and American small businesses that provide goods and services.

April 22, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its new initiative to expedite the processing of benefit claims for veterans who have waited one year or longer.
April 15, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Last Friday marked the first 100 days in Congress for Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert). Since being sworn into office on January 3, 2013, Dr. Ruiz has:
April 10, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on the proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security included in the President's budget:
March 20, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) delivered remarks on the House floor today in opposition to the Fiscal Year 2014 Ryan Budget, which ends the Medicare guarantee for seniors.
February 28, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
February 13, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC --- U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) tonight released the following statement regarding the President's State of the Union address:
January 23, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress.
January 14, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today delivered remarks at the grand opening of the Desert Hot Springs Community Health and Wellness Center.

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