By Jonathan Easley - 01/06/14 03:29 PM EST
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Monday said he’s suing the Obama administration over the federal contributions that lawmakers and their staffs get for health insurance in an attempt to curb the president’s “abuse of executive authority.”
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.
Critics have framed the subsidies as special treatment for members of Congress that are unavailable to the general public.
“The American people expect ... that members of Congress, the political class in Washington, should be fully subject to all of the rules and all of the laws ... and that is not the case,” Johnson said.
“[Members of Congress] went running to President Obama for special treatment and they got it,” he added. “That’s completely unfair and completely unjust and that’s what I’m trying to overturn.”