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CHC Health Task Force Chair Blasts GOP Health Plan

Mar 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Health Care and Mental Health Task Force Chair and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced its score of the Republican health care bill.

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released their deeply concerning score of the Republican health care bill today, which found that 14 million fewer people will have insurance as soon as next year and 24 million could be uninsured by 2026. I am deeply outraged that their bill could cause the uninsured rate to skyrocket and make seniors and hard-working families pay more for less coverage, while giving tax breaks to corporations and millionaires. This is a giant step in the wrong direction that will harm my patients and millions of Americans. I have seen patients suffer when they cannot afford the care and medicine they need, and the American people deserve better. Instead of rushing this extreme and ideologically partisan bill, we need to work together to truly reduce health care and pharmaceutical drug costs for everyone, improve coverage, and address the provider shortage crisis in our nation."

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.


Media Contact:

Carlos Paz Jr. (CHC), 202-897-7718,

Alex Macfarlane (Ruiz), (202) 317-0919,