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Rep. Raul Ruiz joins Republicans in backing “Keep Your Health Plan Act”

November 15th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Rep. Raul Ruiz today was one of 39 Democrats to support a Republican bill that would allow insurers to keep offering health care plans next year, even if they don’t meet the new federal requirements.

The “Keep Your Health Plan Act” passed on a 261-157 vote. It’s not expected to make it far, as there’s already a veto threat from the White House.

nestande and ruizRuiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, has broken party ranks on other votes related to changes in the sweeping Affordable Care Act.

Today, the emergency room physician said “we must continue working together to improve the Affordable Care Act and make it work for families and businesses in the Coachella Valley and across the country.”

“Under this legislation, insurance companies would be allowed to continue to offer existing policies, and Americans would be allowed to continue to purchase those policies,” Ruiz said in a statement today.

“Many people may find that there are better, less expensive alternatives available through the new exchange system called Covered California.  But with this bill, all Californians would be free to choose any options available, including their current policies.”

Ruiz’s 2014 campaign challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, had earlier called on the Democratic incumbent to support the GOP bill.

“I am asking Congressman Ruiz to reject the disastrous effects of Obamacare and vote for HR 3350,” Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican, said in a statement this week.

“This bill will stop the cancellation of health insurance policies for millions of Americans and many folks here in our community. By voting for HR 3350 this will begin the dismantling of Obamacare and stop the government takeover of our healthcare system.”

The bill is similar to President Obama’s pledge to have insurance companies offer plans that have been canceled by the health care reform known as Obamacare.

But the bill by Republican Rep. Fred Upton has been criticized by Democrats because it also lets new customers buy those plans.

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