Protesters Clash Over Health Care

We've received a few calls about our coverage of last week's protest over the Health Care Reform Law. Here's an update to that story.

On January 20 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced all employers will be required to provide health insurance coverage for birth control.

Then on February 10 the White House sent a news release stating religious employers will not be required to provide or pay for contraception coverage. However, insurance companies would be required to directly offer contraceptive care, free of charge.

On May 21 the Catholic Church and other catholic organizations sued the Obama administration to make religious institutions exempt from the birth control mandate.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the plan's constitutionality by the end of the month.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Religious institutions are exempt from the health care mandate that states employers must offer birth control. But a lot of people feel that still violates their religious freedom.

It was a clash of the protests Friday at State and Alpine in Rockford. One group was there to oppose the health care mandate, the other to support gay rights. The health care reform plan originally stated all employers must cover contraception. President Obama received a lot of flack for that. So he revised the policy to require insurance companies cover those costs, rather than religious institutions. Demonstrators feel that doesn't go far enough.

Similar rallies were held across the country Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Plan by the end of the month.


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