Ruiz Gets Endorsement from Physicians Group

Coachella doctor gets nod from countywide medical association

The 950-member Riverside County Medical Association has formally endorsed Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Coachella) for Congress in the November election.

No surprise that the group of physicians backed one of their own for his stance on health care, Ruiz' main campaign issue.

“Dr. Ruiz understands the challenges facing patients, physicians and the health care system. As a local doctor he will work hard to insure the best outcome for our community as health care reform continues to unfold”, said Dr. Joseph Lee, President of the Riverside County Medical Association. “Dr. Ruiz has been dedicated to the recent successful endeavor to bring to fruition the UC Riverside Medical School and is committed to working to find ways to alleviate the severe shortage of doctors in Riverside County."

The UC Riverside Medical School will begin taking applications this week for its first classes in 2013.

"Affordable health care is one of the most important issues facing Americans," Ruiz said as the thanked the RCMA for it's endorsement.  "Half of the people who come into my ER rely on Medicare. We must protect and preserve this important program, and ensure that we keep it strong for seniors and future generations."


Ern Batavia October 09, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Romney ain't taking away Medicare, Raul.......buy a clue.
Karla October 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I don't understand how 950 physicians support Ruiz when their very careers are at stake due to Obamacare. I suspect it's a bureaucratic endorsement rather than a collective. The shortage of doctors isn't because of the lack of a medical school here. It's Obamacare kicking in, causing doctors to leave their practices.
Ruth Annun October 14, 2012 at 06:22 PM
You are incorrect regarding Obamacare. From Annenberg Foundation factcheck.org (U of PA): "It’s true that many physicians don’t accept new Medicare patients because of low reimbursement rates, but that’s a trend that started well before the new law was enacted. And the new law doesn’t affect physician payments."
Jay Chapman October 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Maybe you should rethink how you feel about Obamacare. Talk to doctors and the healthcare community and Obamacare is the right direction for patients and medical professionals. Don't be swayed by false ads put out by corporate republicans.
Floyd Rhoades October 17, 2012 at 07:33 AM
10,000 people will turn 65 years old every day for the next 18 years. Medicare is already virtually bankrupt. Providers are already taking serious hits to their reimbursement from the program -- hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and therapy companies are bearing and will bear the brunt of this initial onslaught. Medicare rates to nursing homes have been reduced by 11% in the past year. That is just the beginning. Dr. Ruiz acknowledges that 50% of admissions to the ER are Medicare recepients. Medicare reimbursement for ER overutilization is the first place to look if we are serious about wanting to reduce expenses. The legal liability of any medical procedures costs the Program excessively because of unnecessary but nevertheless ordered tests and procedures by ER MDs to cover their exposure to lawsuits. Ruiz, like all MDs, orders the whole array of unnecessary procedures for fear of being sued. I find it hard to believe that Dr. Lee and the Riverside County Medical Association don't understand that Dr. Ruiz will march in lockstep with Nancy Polisi and Obamacare and lead Medicare solvency right off the cliff. "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" is an old saw that best describes what is going on here between Medicare as we know it and Obamacare as it is cast for the future.


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