California Insurance Commissioner

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    Ricardo Lara

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What would you do as insurance commissioner to combat escalating health insurance rates?

Age 45
Birthplace (city) East Los Angeles
Residence (city) Bell Gardens
Campaign telephone (818) 943-2348
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Education Bachelor’s degree, journalism and Spanish, San Diego State University, 1994-99; executive master’s in leadership, University of Southern California, in progress.
Experience Senator, 2012-present; chair, Appropriations Committee, present; Assemblymember, 2010–12; communications director, California State Assembly, Jan. 2008-Nov. 2010; district director, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, 2006-08.
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As insurance commissioner and the author of SB 562 (Healthy California Act), I will serve as a watchdog for California consumers, control runaway prescription drug prices and eliminate insurance waste by pushing for universal health care coverage.
Age 63
Birthplace (city) Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Residence (city) Los Gatos
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Education Master’s of business administration (Arjay Miller Scholar), Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1980; bachelor's degree, electrical engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1978.
Experience Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley high-tech; founder of SnapTrack, Inc., Strategic Mapping, Inc., and EmpoweredU; White House fellow, National Security Council; California Insurance Commissioner, 2007-11.
Oppose single-payer with its $200 billion in taxes. Crack down on insurance fraud. Spotlight dysfunctional pricing variability. Promote shift from fee-for-service to system that pays to keep you healthy. Guide patients out of ERs and into clinics.