Cheers, Jeers Outside Court After Health Care News

Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The scene outside the court as the decision was unveiled was lively and impassioned.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The Supreme Court decision today to uphold the president's health-care overhaul law drew strong reaction around the country - including right outside the court, where a small sea of supporters and opponents had gathered.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS DEMONSTRATIONS)

UNIDENTIFIED SUPPORTERS: (Chanting) We love Obamacare. We love Obamacare...

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: We must repeal this entire law, and turn this back to the free market...

(BOOS)

RYAN HECKER: We don't want more taxes. We don't want the federal government to tell us what we want, and what to do. We want less government, and that's what we're going to be fighting for through November - and beyond.

ERIC ROBISON: I'm not crazy about the law. I don't like the reliance on private health insurers. I would like to see a single-payer system.

CHARQUINTA MCCRAY: It was great. I'm covered under Obamacare until I'm 26, under my parents. They said Obama didn't do anything. This shows that he did.

KATHY PHILLIPS: Forcing people to purchase health care, I think, is something that overstepped. It shocked me that it could be ruled constitutional.

BLOCK: We heard there from Kathy Phillips(ph) of St. Louis and before her, Charquinta McCray(ph) of Newport News, Va.; Eric Robison(ph) of Spokane, Wash.; and Ryan Hecker(ph) of Texas, outside the Supreme Court today.

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