Senator Ron Johnson Sues the Obama Administration

On Monday, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) filed suit, challenging how Barack Obama is applying his signature legislation to members of Congress and their staff.

According to Reuters, Johnson’s challenge is to a U.S. agency, which has decided to continue to allow the federal government to continue its payments of part of the costs of health insurance for members of Congress and their staff, who must purchase health coverage in the Obamacare marketplace.

“I think it’s just a basic issue of fairness,” Johnson said at a Washington, D.C., news conference. “I really do believe the American people expect, and they have every right to expect, that members of Congress, the political class here in Washington, should be fully subject to all of the rules, all of the laws, that Congress imposes on the rest of America.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

The lawsuit stems from a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires members of Congress and their staffs to buy health insurance on the marketplaces set up through the law, which is also known as Obamacare.

A rule issued in October by the personnel office stated that the federal government could continue to contribute to pay the cost of health benefits for members of Congress and their staffs — just as it does for other federal employees — even though they would be buying health insurance on a marketplace.


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