Obamacare under siege

March 29, 2012

By Jason Reed

President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, signed into law two years ago, is his signature domestic policy achievement. It remains a divisive issue among Americans and is likely to be a key issue ahead of the November 6 election in which he seeks a second term.

For three days this week, the nine Justices heard arguments from both sides on whether the healthcare overhaul is lawful. A ruling is expected in June.

I covered the story and gathered pictures, sound and video from the circus-like atmosphere outside the Supreme Court, and compiled supporting images from other Reuters Photographers for this multimedia project. With a Zoom H4N digital audio recorder mounted to the hotshoe of a camera, I was able to capture some ambient sound of the debate raging between participants outside the courthouse.


Washington is a magnet for demonstrations and rallies focusing on the biggest social and political issues that face the United States. In any one year, hundreds of protests of all shapes and sizes dot this landscape around the nation’s capital’s landmarks. They are just a regular part of what we cover as news photographers alongside all the other responsibilities of Washington politics, including the White House, State Department, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.

The challenge for any photographer is to try to keep it fresh, as in most cases it is the same actors, just a different play.

For me, the Supreme Court has always attracted the most radical of demonstrators, folks very committed to their cause and very vocal about it. Assigned to cover this historic test case on Obama’s healthcare law, it was the vocal aspect that I also wanted to capture a little of, to support the still pictures that we provide for the wire. I believe that capturing a little sound can go a long way to bringing a picture story to life.


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What’s with the product placement — Zoom H4N digital audio recorder? Good article, but why do I feel that I’ve been spammed? Please stick with generic references when (obviously) possible.

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I just saw the picture you took of Obama and Putin shaking hands after discussions about Syria’s situation. Heeheeh! Great photo! Congrats!

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