100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Anthony Kennedy, 80
Associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court
- Compensation: $246,800 - according to (House Press Gallery)
- Years on list: 2
When close cases show up on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket, SCOTUS watchers turn their attention to Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. A perennial swing vote, Kennedy joined the majority this year to strike down a Texas abortion law that opponents claimed restricted women's access to the procedure, preventing a 4-4 tie that would have kept the law on the books. The 80-year-old justice also penned a healthcare decision that held the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act protects self-funded insurers and their third-party administrators from sharing some data with states, thwarting states' ability to develop all-payer databases.