As Trump Prepares Visit to Palm Springs Area, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. Takes on President’s Harmful 2021 Budget

February 18, 2020
Press Release

Palm Springs, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) spoke out against the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which would cut $1.6 trillion from health care programs over the next 10 years. Alongside local health care groups, Dr. Ruiz brought attention to the steep cuts the Trump Administration has proposed to programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as President Trump is preparing for a fundraising trip to the Palm Springs area this week.

“The President is on his way to our district to play golf with and fundraise from millionaires while he calls for massive health care program cuts that would directly harm our community right here in District 36,” said Dr. Ruiz. “The bottom line is this: President Trump’s 2021 budget prioritizes billionaires, millionaires, and corporations at the expense of hardworking American families, seniors, and veterans."

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. and attendees at press conference regarding Trump’s 2021 budget.


Following the release of the White House budget for Fiscal Year 2021, Dr. Ruiz convened physicians and local health groups to highlight how the Trump Administration’s budget would hurt seniors and families in the district and throughout the country. 

On February 9, 2020, the White House released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021. This budget includes:

  • $650 billion in reduced Medicare spending over 10 years, including $135 billion in “drug pricing reform.”
  • $1.6 trillion in health care cuts, with the largest chuck coming from Medicaid. This budget includes general principals such as calling for the elimination of enhanced funding for Medicaid expansion.
  • $75 billion in cuts to Social Security through the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI).
  • $3.3 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $678 million in cuts to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • $559 million in cuts to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The press conference was held at the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, CA and included the following attendees:

  • Zachary Taylor, Executive Director of External Affairs, Riverside University Health System, Behavioral Health
  • Julia Countryman, Idy Elders
  • Carl Baker – Desert AIDS Project, Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs
  • Dr. Zendle – Desert Health Care District
  • Dr. Barzaga – Desert Health Care District
  • Christy Pohlmann – Palm Springs Resident

President Trump is expected to arrive in Palm Springs, CA on February 19, 2020, where he will hold a fundraising event and golf outing.