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Haim Ramon (Hebrew: חיים רמון‎, born 10 April 1950) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Kadima and previously served as both Vice Prime Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office with responsibility for state policy.

Born in Jaffa, Ramon served in the Israeli Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain, before studying law at Tel Aviv University, gaining a BA. He joined the Labor Party (then part of the Alignment alliance as soon as he left the military, and was secretary of its youth wing from 1978 until 1989. He entered the Knesset in May 1983, replacing Daniel Rosolio, and has remained a member since then, except for a period between January 2006 and the March 2006 election (he had to resign in order to switch from Labor to Kadima). He has been a member of various committees, and chaired the finance committee from 1988 to 1992.

Ramon was appointed Minister of Health in the government of Yitzhak Rabin in 1992. In February 1994 he resigned his position, over the failure of the Labor Party to support the proposed National Health Insurance Law and breaking the linkage of the Histadrut Labor Federation and the Clalit Health Fund. In a dramatic speech at a party gathering he compared the party members to beached whales and resigned his position.

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