Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack and her Democratic challenger, Raul Ruiz, had very different views on Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the Affordable Care Act.
But the two candidates vying for the 36th Congressional District did agree that it provided a prime fundraising opportunity.
Both Bono Mack and Ruiz sent emails to their supporters Thursday, with the Palm Springs incumbent promising to fight for its repeal and the Palm Desert doctor vowing to expand coverage.
“The Supreme Court ruled today that ObamaCare is in fact a massive tax increase on hard-working Americans,” Bono Mack’s email said. “While I am disappointed that the Supreme Court did not overturn ObamaCare, I know that I can count on you to send a clear message to President Obama and Nancy Pelosi in November – we don’t want ObamaCare.”
Not surprisingly, Ruiz’s email referenced his medical background.
“Now, more than ever, we need to continue working to expand access and coverage — not voting to repeal this progress,” Ruiz said in his email.
“Right here in the Coachella Valley, 45 percent of residents are uninsured. This is unacceptable. As an emergency medical physician, I see the human face of failed policies everyday. As your congressman, I want to give those faces a voice. I will fight to increase the number of doctors per resident. I will fight for children born with medical conditions. I will fight to lower prescription costs for our seniors. “