We're kvelling today as the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold King v. Burwell, leaving the Affordable Care Act unchanged. In a vote 6-3, the Court overall ruled in favor of the Obama administration and millions of Americans who are no longer in danger of losing financial assistance for their healthcare coverage.
In accordance with Jewish values, universal health care coverage honors and respects the idea that all people are entitled to equal treatment, and Jewish tradition teaches that human life is of infinite value and that the preservation of life supersedes almost all other considerations. In a poll of American Jewish voters taken last fall, respondents stated that health care is the 2nd most important issue to them, behind only the economy. These numbers are consistent with 2012, when a poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that American Jews considered the Affordable Care Act one of the three most important accomplishments of President Obama's first term alongside preventing another economic depression and killing Osama bin Laden.