Health care reform stirs protests at Supreme Court

Erinn Ackley, a Montana woman whose father died of leukemia after his insurer initially denied a doctor’s recommendation for a bone-marrow transplant. She said PPACA sets new standards requiring health insurers to expedite such appeals to protect patients.

One attorney inside the Supreme Court chamber called the environment "electric." There was just as much buzz outside, as protesters for and against PPACA made their voices heard.

Protesters opposed to health care reform could be heard shouting, "Hey hey, ho ho! Obamacare has got to go!"

Members of the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Care, which is comprised of 58 organizations representing organizations that support women’s access to birth control, marched in long lines around the front of Supreme Court.

Despite the heated protests on both sides, there were no reports of violence or arrests on the steps of the Supreme Court.

News reports estimate that some several hundred protesters on both sides gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to support or oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In March 2012, the Supreme Court heard six hours of oral arguments over three days on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would require nearly every person in the United States to purchase health insurance, whether through an employer, state exchanges, Medicare, Medicaid or private exchanges. The mandate, the most polarizing provision of the law, brought Americans from both sides of the issue to Washington — to converge on the Supreme Court steps to protest or advocate for PPACA.

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