ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The top health official in the country will be in St. Louis Thursday to meet with local leaders to discuss the implementation of the new federal healthcare law.

The meetings between local officials and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are not open to the public. City and county leaders are expected to brief the media afterward.

Many of the Affordable Care Act mandates kick in at the start of next year.

Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin issued a statement on Sebelius' visit Thursday, saying that the closed-door meeting is "the epitome of the problem a majority of Americans have with Obamacare."

"It started from the top and has not worked the way it was promised," the statement reads. "We were told Congress had to pass it to see what was in it, we were told we were going to be able to keep our doctors and we were told the cost of healthcare would decrease. We have learned the truth and those promises have been broken."

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