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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  • by Tim Mullen Location: Rockford on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    Christians have started their own health insurance companies, Churches, schools and hospitals. If reporters want to repeat the government's line about shifting the responsibility to offer and promote free sterilization and abortion to their insured it doesn't help that reporters are not aware that the vast majority of christian institutions are self insured. A real investigative reporter would research to find out what groups would profit the most from the so called women's "preventve care" options. Don't think these services aren't widely available to the public and are readily available to those who can't afford it through our tax dollars already.
  • by Gary Location: Rockford on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    I can't believe that WIFR believes it's OK for the government to determine what a church can or cannot believe. Does religious liberty mean nothing to you. And why would you focus coverage on about a dozen gay promoters, and ignore well over 100 religious freedom protesters. Get your head out of the sand WIFR.
  • by Bryan Location: Rockford on Jun 9, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    This is media bias and ignorance at its worst!!! Hey dreads, the Rockford Diocese IS SELF INSURED and obama is still trying to force them to offer abortion inducing drugs. It's interesting that even you believe WIFR got this wrong and the mandate still effect Catholic institutions.
  • by dreads on Jun 9, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    Hey Religious institution, If you don't like it you can start your own health insurance company and self insure just don't ask for the government subsidy (which is why this mandate applies to you) to help fund it.
  • by Judy Dempsy Location: Rockford on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    WIFR, you make me sick. Your camera man was following the directions of the small group of homsexaul protesters and refused to interview the leaders of the much larger Christian group. Your news anchor was a Joke, she got the facts on the HHS mandate WRONG. It's fine if you hate Christians but I will make sure all my friends know never to watch your station again.
  • by Jon Location: Rockford on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    Actually passed these guys and overheard them saying the entire city was trash and disgusting. Didn't seem too literate this bunch. Plus I wouldn't have health care AND be able to pursue my small business right now if not for Obamas health plan so screw them for trying to ruin my future. I don't want to be stuck working a mindless job just to secure my health care. I want more from my life and no I'm not just leaching off anyone. Stop suppressing me with your ignorant views.
  • by davidz Location: us on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:43 PM
    There can be a difference between what you and a health insurance company consider healthy. Some insurers will say that you have a health condition if you smoke, are overweight, are taking prescriptions, or had a medical condition in the past. If this describes you, you may want to search and read "Penny Health" on the web.
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