Judge Tosses Ron Johnson's Lawsuit Against Obamacare Subsidies

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 10:45 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A federal judge on Monday threw out Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit challenging the federal funds that lawmakers and their staffs get to subsidize their healthcare coverage under Obamacare, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that Johnson didn't have legal standing to bring the case, the newspaper reported.

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Johnson filed his the lawsuit in January against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and its director.

Under the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their aides have to buy insurance plans created by the law through the Obamacare exchanges.

The Office of Personnel Management said last year that the government will keep helping members of Congress and their staffs to offset the plans' costs, just as for other federal employees.

But Johnson had argued that the financial assistance gives the lawmakers and their aides special treatment —  and breaks the law.

"The American people have an expectation — Wisconsinites have an expectation — that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they're held to the letter of the law," Johnson said at the time.

"In this case, members of Congress now are not being held to the letter of the law, and that creates an alienation. It creates a wedge between a member of Congress and their constituents."

Johnson had told Newsmax about his lawsuit last October, warning:

"The real harm of Obamacare, once it becomes fully implemented, is the damage it'll cause to our healthcare system, to our federal budget, to our personal freedoms. So, they may fix the website, but there's no way they can fix the harm if Obamacare actually takes permanent root."

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