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Senator Johnson filing Obamacare suit


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- Congress goes back into session Monday, and one of Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators is filing a lawsuit Monday against a provision of Affordable Care Act.

Senator Ron Johnson told WSAU in November he was preparing the suit. Now, he’s ready to file. Johnson says he accepts that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is the law of the land, but is severely flawed.

This lawsuit is specifically to oppose the law’s special treatment given to members of Congress and their staff members. “Congress has definitely been carved out with special treatment as it relates to the fact that now, they’ve lost their coverage. There’s millions of Americans that are also losing their coverage. Members of Congress and their staff are the only people in America whose employer can actually contribute into, you know, paying for health care that they actually get out of the exchanges. Every other American is only going to qualify for the subsidy based on income. I think that’s wrong. That’s special treatment. That’s Congress not living by the same laws that they passed.”

Americans who make less than about $45,000 annually qualify for federal subsidies. Members of Congress are paid $175,000 per year, yet this administrative rule allows the government to pay subsidies to Congressmen and their staffers for Obamacare coverage, regardless of their income.

Johnson also claims the law as passed is more of the Obama administration’s chipping away at the power of Congress.

The Wisconsin Senator is planning a Washington D.C. press conference Monday to discuss the lawsuit.