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Sen. Johanns questions cost of the new federal health care law

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WEST POINT, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -

Key components of the Affordable Care Act go into effect next year and some lawmakers are worried it may not be as affordable as advertised.

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, of Nebraska, is among those skeptical that the benefits outweigh the costs of the new federal health care law.

Johanns hosted a health care roundtable with hospital officials at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point Tuesday.

Johanns said younger people will bear the brunt of the cost of the health care law with higher premiums.

The Republican Senator said he also worries about the future of rural health care providers like St. Francis, who he fears may not be able to provide the same level of care in the future as they can now due to the cost of expanding Medicaid.

"In many ways, it's a health care issue, but it's also a quality of life issue. I think that this health care act is going to have some negative consequences in terms of quality of life," Johanns said.

Health care officials said in the roundtable they hope rising costs don't force them to leave Siouxland.

They say they'll do what they can to weather whatever comes when the new law takes effect in January.

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