Wis. Senator: Here's Why I'm Suing Over ObamaCare

Ron Johnson takes aim at Congress' subsidy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM CST

(Newser) – Ron Johnson thinks he's getting special treatment under the Affordable Care Act—and he's so outraged that he's suing over it. The Wisconsin senator will today file a lawsuit arguing that the Obama administration has violated the law by allowing members of Congress and their staff to buy health insurance using pre-tax income, he writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "This special treatment … was deliberately excluded in the law," he argues; supporters agreed to buy insurance on open exchanges as a "confidence-building covenant" with voters.

This resolve lasted "until they began to understand what they had actually done to themselves," Johnson argues. When congresspeople realize they'd have to buy insurance with post-tax dollars, the administration decided the federal government could act as a small employer, letting them buy plans through the Small Business Health Options Program. "Neat trick huh?" Or at least, it would be if it were legal. Johnson doesn't think it is, so he's suing on the grounds that the administration is forcing him to break the law. Click for Johnson's full column.

Ron Johnson speaks in this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo.
Ron Johnson speaks in this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Oct. 12, 2010, file photo, Ron Johnson speaks.
In this Oct. 12, 2010, file photo, Ron Johnson speaks.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
In this Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
In this Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. - Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

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