Supreme Court healthcare case draws protesters, politicians

The Supreme Court case weighing healthcare reform legislation has drawn attention nationwide, attracting protesters — some of whom slept outside to secure a spot inside the courtroom, where cameras are not allowed — and plenty of controversy.

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It has also prompted several politicians to walk across the street from the Capitol and observe in person at least some of three days of oral arguments, which began Monday.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots in front of the court on Tuesday morning, blasting the law under consideration as “socialized medicine."

But Rep. Jan Schakowsky ‏(D-Ill.) tweeted a picture with protesters holding signs in favor of protecting the healthcare legislation.

The case also drew out Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who tweeted that he hasn’t “been to court arguments since bush v gore” in 2000.