Camping out before the landmark health care case
March 23rd, 2012
06:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Camping out before the landmark health care case

Washington (CNN) - A half dozen people waited in line outside the Supreme Court Friday afternoon, days before justices hear arguments in a landmark case on the constitutionality of a health care reform law backed by the Obama administration.

The people weren't actually waiting in line to see the arguments themselves but said they were being paid by a company to hold others' spots in line.

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Numerous companies in the DC-area provide line-standing services for events such as Congressional hearings. The idea is the line holder will do the grunt work and wait as long as it takes to land a spot in the hearing, then the person actually attending the event will switch out with them before it's time to enter.

Some people waiting in front of the Supreme Court Friday said they'd be there for 24 hours or more before they would be relieved by someone else and had packed food accordingly.

Tickets inside the court can't be had until Monday and even those will provide viewers only a few minutes inside during the arguments. The number of tickets available to the public varies from case to case but is typically around 50.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Clarence Thomas needs to recuse himself.

    March 23, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    Hope those corporations paid into Soc. Sec., unemployment, Medicare, and with-held fed and state taxes. Otherwise, the corporations can be arrested for "paying under the table to avoid federal laws". THAT's what I'd be finding out.

    March 23, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. enkephalin07

    Must be a frustrating day for journalists to get testimonials, when every warm body is a flag-bearer for someone who won't stop to talk to you.

    March 23, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Will the right-wing activist Court vote to support the Republican agenda once again? What could a government teacher tell students about the system of balance between the three branches of our government – when the judicial branch is a lap-dog for a political party?

    March 23, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. GI Joe.

    Cigarett butts and pee all over government grounds -- FOR CORPORATIONS? Do they have hoodies to keep them warm?

    March 23, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Grace S

    It is not fair to "stand in line for someone else." If you want to be in line, get in the line. And if someone – anyone – leaves their place in the line then it is not right for someone else to take their place. I mean, why not then have one person standing in line "for" 100 other people who can buy their order in in auction. Ridiculous! I am in line behind someone then I am after them and if they leave then I'm behind the person they were behind, not someone else who skips in and says "this is now my spot" in the line.

    March 23, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |