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Health care supporters and protesters make their voices heard


KWWL (IOWA CITY) -Hundreds gathered outside of the field house Thursday while the President spoke.

Many were hoping to catch a glimpse of history.

Others hoped to have a say in the way it would be shaped.

Hours before the president arrived in Iowa City, those in support and those against the new legislation began drumming up support.

"We need reform of the health care system and that we need to ensure that health coverage is not just for the privileged, Kate Coyle, a supporter of the health care overhaul said.

"We're here because President Obama is coming into town and we just want to make sure people know that not all of us are for the legislation was passed on Sunday," Natalie Ginty with UI College Republicans said.

Hundreds people in support, and against made their way to the area right outside the field house where the president spoke.

The group couldn't hear the speech nor could the president hear them,

But both sides were very vocal in getting their points across.

"I think he thought this was going to be safe ground. It's traditionally a very liberal town but Iowans as a whole see through that," Marlene Williams, who's against health care reform, said. 

"I know this new bill, this new law, it's amazing to call it a law after this amount of time, is going to help so many people," Amy Logsdon of the Iowa Citizen Action Network said.

Others were there just to get a glimpse of this historic moment.

"I don't' really have an opinion, I just wanted to come and see what was going on," added one UI student.

The demonstrations were all peaceful in nature.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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