Both sides in the fight over ObamaCare converged upon Washington on the second day of arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday as lawmakers on Capitol Hill watched the proceedings closely to see what their party’s next move might be.
The AFL-CIO had announced on its website that protests would be held daily from 8 a.m. to noon outside the court on all three days of this week’s oral arguments.
But this second day happened to coincide with an anti-mandate rally that brought busloads of conservatives to the nation’s capital from as far away as Michigan and Florida.
The sidewalk demonstrations by the health-care law’s proponents weren’t limited to union members, but included contingents from Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL, Americans United for Change, and Our DC.
The demonstrators danced and sang along to Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” and Kool & The Gang’s “Celebrate” while a coordinator in the center of their long oval walking path chided them to keep their signs high.
Signs included “ObamaCare for me 100%” and “We [heart] ObamaCare.”
“So ‘ObamaCare’ is acceptable now?” a bystander mused aloud about their new embrace of the derogatory nickname.
One protester wore a paper exam gown reading “don’t leave me exposed” with a fake plastic butt on the back. Another was dressed as the Statue of Liberty carrying a big pack of birth-control pills.
“Thank you, ACA; birth control, no co-pay,” Planned Parenthood members chanted.