Johnson to sue over O-Care contributions

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is planning to sue the Obama administration over the federal contributions that lawmakers and their staffs get for health insurance.

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A provision in the Affordable Care Act forces lawmakers and aides to buy insurance plans created by the healthcare law or sold on ObamaCare exchanges.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said last year that the federal government would continue to help members of Congress and staffers offset the costs of those plans, as the government does for other federal employees.

But Republicans like Johnson say that policy gives lawmakers and congressional aides special treatment unavailable to others who have to seek insurance on ObamaCare exchanges.

Johnson said last week that he believes the OPM rule broke the law, and that he thinks the lawsuit can help rein in what he sees as a pattern of executive overreach from President Obama.

“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, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern.

“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 is scheduled to discuss the lawsuit on Monday at the Capitol, along with Paul Clement, the former solicitor general who argued that ObamaCare was unconstitutional before the Supreme Court. Rick Esenberg of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty will also be at the news conference.