Senator Ron Johnson to Sue Over Healthcare Subsidy for Congress

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Republican Senator Ron Johnson planned to file a lawsuit on Monday challenging “special treatment” for members of the U.S. Congress in the application of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Johnson, of Wisconsin, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority by arranging federal subsidies for members of Congress and their staff under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

“The president and his congressional supporters have also broken their promise to the American people that Obamacare was going to be so good that they would participate in it just like everyone else,” Johnson wrote. “In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans’ throats in 2010.”

Unlike millions of Americans, he wrote, lawmakers and their staffs can receive employer contributions to help pay for their health insurance.

Johnson said the lawsuit, to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, would challenge an October ruling by the Office of Personnel Management “that ignores the clear intent and language of the law.”

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