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HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Chief executive officer of Bend the Arc

"Jewish law, practice, has always considered health care a communal responsibility"

by Ryan Torok

June 28, 2012 | 2:20 pm

Alan van Capelle. Photo courtesy bendthearc.us

Alan van Capelle. Photo courtesy bendthearc.us

“This is a huge win for the American people,” said Alan van Capelle, chief executive officer of Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization. “The Supreme Court has validated the ACA [Affordable Care Act].”

The court’s decision is good news for everybody, including the Jewish community, Capelle said. “The Jewish population is not immune to poverty, and there are many Jews in this country who are living just above the poverty line, so our community is affected in the same way that every other community is affected,” he said.

Instating the health care law will also lead to a more equitable distribution of medicine that reflects Jewish values, Capelle believes. “Jewish law, practice, has always considered health care a communal responsibility,” he said.

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