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39 arrested at Medicaid protest


It was a busy day for legislators and police at the Capitol as dozens of people disrupted the legislative session to protest for Medicaid expansion.

One of the people arrested is the Rev. Raphael Warnock. Warnock is the pastor for the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Warnock said the issue of healthcare in Georgia is exactly what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought for to protect Georgia's poorest citizens.

"The sadness, that we have, is that some of the people who come to see us, we can't help them because they don't have enough money to afford a health insurance plan," Warnock said. "But, they are not quite poor enough to receive Medicaid."

Warnock said he could not remain quiet about Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to not expand Medicaid for a growing number of people not covered by the Affordable Care Act.

"We have made a statement, we have come to his office because in a real sense we feel this is more serious than simply refusing to accept the expansion," Warnock said.

Warnock and more than a dozen others were arrested during coordinated protests Tuesday morning and afternoon.

According to Warnock, there are at least 600,000 Georgians who will not receive coverage unless Deal expands Medicaid.

The protestors were charged with disrupting General Assembly sessions.

Below is a list released by police of the people arrested:

16 Arrests - Senate Gallery

Joe Beasley, 77

Edward Loring, 74

Gary Kennedy, 51

Richard Miles Rustay, 84

Marquerite Casey, 65

Shawn Adelman, 32, female

Lorraine Fontana, 66

Minnie Ruffin, 72

Gladys Rustay, 81

Emma Stitt, 23

Morgan Swann, 62, female

Emma French, 22

John Slaughter, 74

Ray Miklethun, 79

Gregory Ames, 65

Robert Goodman, 73


12 Arrests - at Governor's Office

Shanan Eugene Jones, 39

George F Watson Jr., 65

Francys Johnson Jr., 34, male

Jeffrey Blair Benoit, 55

John Evans, 81

Raphael Warnock, 44

Karen Elaine Reagle, 71

Katherine Acker, 61

George Johnson, 42

Ronald Allen, 38

Fred Douglas Taylor, 71

Donald Bender, 73


11 Arrests – Outside Senate Doors

Kevin Arthur Morgan, 66

Emilia Sigrid Kaiser, 26, female

Daniel Sean Hanley, 32

Sara Katherine Gregory, 31

Dawn Gibson, 39

Corey A. Hardiman, 22, male

Fred Albert, 67

Jacqueline Rodriquez, 31

Michael Schumm, 51

Neil Yukt Sardana, 32

Misty Novich, 27

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