I will always stand up for our seniors and protect Medicare and Social Security. We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and ensure they receive the benefits they have earned and planned on in their golden years. These critical programs are commitments we have made to retirees, and I will oppose any effort from either political party that would cut these hard-earned benefits.
To help find cost savings in our health care system, we must identify ways to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse and make our health care system more efficient. Some of the most effective ways to do that include expanding the use of electronic medical records to eliminate costly duplicative tests, and allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices on prescription drugs.
In the 113th Congress, I voted against the Ryan Budget, which would have ended the Medicare guarantee for our seniors. Putting the burden of the national deficit on the backs of our seniors is wrong. At a time when many seniors are barely making ends meet, we should be working in a bipartisan way to responsibly reduce the deficit by attacking wasteful spending and working to strengthen Medicare and Social Security. I am committed to working with both political parties to put our seniors first.
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PALM DESERT, CA — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced the Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, a bill that will increase access for seniors on Medicare to comprehensive addiction treatment services such as care management, treatment planning, and support services. The bill would also reward and support treatment programs with the best outcomes, fostering innovations in care to successfully help patients.