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Local farm groups express their concerns about health care

Two local farm groups are pushing for two very different health care solutions. (NTV News)

Lawmakers are on a break from Washington but Republicans in Congress are saying the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act isn't over.

Two local farm groups are pushing for two very different health care solutions.

David Grimes, a farmer, said he is concerned about access to affordable health insurance.

"So we don't receive health insurance from an employer, we buy our own,” said Grimes.

Grimes said health care prices are so high, soon he may not be able to afford insurance.

"Our financial position is less stable than it used to be, less certain I should say, than it used to be because of the higher risk of us having to pay a lot of money we have a big surgery or a serious illness,” said Grimes.

Grimes is also a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the organization is urging Congress to replace Obamacare, saying it does not help farmers.

"If all of us would be sick in one year and we would use up our deductibles you know we might pay well about $40,000 out of pocket we could plus pay that premium in addition to that,” said Grimes.

The Nebraska Farmers Union said it wants to see lawmakers improve the ACA, not start from scratch.

"There is a need for more competition and there's a need to improve what we have right now but we are very concerned as we look at a lot of the proposals that went down,” said president of the NFU, John Hansen.

Hansen’s organization said it is not interested in going backwards - they are interested in making things affordable.

"Since we passed the Affordable Care Act, we have not been able to get Congress to come together in order to be able to do the things to try to make it work better. That's where we are now,” said Hansen.

Both organizations have different views, but leaders from each group said they want what's best for farmers here in Nebraska.

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