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Two Wisconsin congressional Republicans at odds over Obamacare suit

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he'll file a lawsuit Monday against a provision in Obamacare, even though one of his fellow Wisconsin Republicans calls it an "unfortunate political stunt."  

Menomonee Falls Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner said Johnson should not challenge a rule that lets Members of Congress and their staffs keep getting the same health benefits as other federal employees.  

Sensenbrenner takes issue with Johnson's claim that Congress is giving itself special treatment. He says the benefits are no different than what the president and federal employees get.  

The Affordable Care Act requires House and Senate members and their staffs to buy their health coverage on the Obamacare exchanges. However, taxpayers are still covering about three-fourths of the bill -- and Johnson says that's wrong.  

Johnson said Congress made a "covenant" with the American people by subjecting themselves to Obamacare -- and he says lawmakers and their staffs should pay for it themselves, just like many of their constituents.  

Sensenbrenner says that if Johnson wins his suit, "Congress will lose some of its best staff." Johnson says he's, "disappointed and puzzled" by Sensenbrenner's position. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)