12 Truthful Tuesday protesters ticketed at Statehouse

<font size="2">Truthful Tuesday activists will block legislators entering the State House garage at Pendleton and South Main beginning at 10:45am.</font>

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) â?? Twelve Truthful Tuesday protesters have been ticketed outside the Statehouse while protesting South Carolina's decision not to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

For the second week in a row the protesters blocked legislators from entering the State House garage.

This week, the protesters briefly stepped into a road and were asked by Columbia police officers to walk over to a set of steps to be written tickets. Unlike last week, they were not handcuffed and were ticketed at the scene for disorderly conduct.

The demonstration lasted less than 15 seconds. Protesters who were ticketed are expected in court on March 28.

The Truthful Tuesday protesters have been demonstrating weekly both inside and outside the Statehouse.

Charleston resident David Ball, a registered nurse and military veteran, said â??This is a moral issue. America is the only industrialized nation that fails to care for its citizens. If it takes my arrest to get South Carolina to expand Medicaid, then so be it.â??

Advocates for Medicaid expansion also gathered outside Senate chambers to share their stories of being denied health care.