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Protesters filled the Kansas offices today Jerry Moran.
     All hoping to send a powerful message to the senator.
     One of those protests took place in Pittsburg.
Those with pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and in-between converged on Senator Moran's Pittsburg office -- to make sure their voice is heard.
Rausch: "We just want to remind them, that, you know, even if we have pre-existing conditions, we are people, and we are important and we are valuable and, I think we just want to remind Senator Moran to remember the people with pre-existing conditions."
Many of the protesters agree that changes to the current "Obamacare" plan need to be made, but they're concerned about funding cuts.
Reed: "I go to rehab, and I don't have the money to pay for that, even if they don't pay all of it and we have to pay a portion of it, I still won't be able to afford it."
Ball: "We want to keep our medicare and medicaid rockin' to everybody in the Pittsburg area."
The protest started inside the US Bank building at third and Broadway -- where Moran's office is located.
Oxford: "We asked the staff to convey our specific messages to Senator Moran, and instead she left in a huff and locked the door."
Moran's employee said she had an appointment to get to -- and read a statement from Moran before leaving -- saying in part..... "The senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support."
After that, officials with the bank contacted Pittsburg police to move the protest outdoors -- to a public location.
Some say, that push to the street, speaks ill of their representatives -- who they were looking for a more personal message from.
Humphries: "None of the people who represent our interests are, either wanting to respond or confront this." 
And while they didn't get the personal message -- Moran added in his statement that he's pleased the vote has been delayed -- saying that now they can take a step back and let the full legislative process get to work -- to create a bill that meets the needs of Kansans.
Rausch: "I'm on disability, I'm on medicaid, I'm on medicare, and I need those things in order to get my heart-transplant, if I don't have those things I will die."
 

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