NCJW Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Tax Credits for Millions
Contact: Samantha Friedman
West End Strategy Team
Cell: (202) 215-9260
June 25, 2015, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today hailed the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell that upheld tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), noting that the ruling ensures quality affordable health care for millions. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell marks the latest victory in the decades-long struggle to ensure that all individuals and families in America have quality affordable health care. The court rightly upheld the federal financial assistance provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ensuring that 6.4 million people in 34 states will be able to keep their coverage thanks to the tax credits.
“The ruling is especially critical to lower income women and women of color, ensuring access to care that had previously been out of reach for many due to cost — such as mammograms, birth control, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, and other critical services. It also protects access to basic care, such as well-child visits, now part of every policy purchased through the new law.
“As Jews and as members of the National Council of Jewish Women, we believe all are equally deserving of access to the health care we need without risking our financial futures or foregoing other essentials, such as housing or food. NCJW worked hard to enact the health care law and will continue striving to ensure that every individual can get affordable health coverage, whether through expanding Medicaid or by enrolling in the online health insurance marketplace.
“The court’s decision is a reminder that courts matter and all of us must be engaged in the Senate judicial confirmation process that determines who will ultimately have a lifetime seat on the federal bench.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.