GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) A federal judge in Green Bay will hear arguments this morning in a lawsuit from U-S Senator Ron Johnson on Obama-care benefits for his colleagues and staffers. The Wisconsin Republican said the administration overstepped its authority by granting federal tax subsidies for congressional personnel to use the Obama-care purchasing exchanges regardless of their incomes.
Johnson filed his lawsuit in January, saying the subsidies amount to special treatment that's not afforded to other Americans.
Federal Judge William Griesbach is presiding over today's hearing, in which the government will seek a motion to drop the lawsuit while claiming that Johnson had no legal right to file it. Johnson insists he has legal standing to sue because he's being harmed by having to take part in program he believes is illegal. The government disagrees, calling the subsidies a fringe benefit that Johnson and his staff do not have to accept.
The health reform law required lawmakers to use the exchanges, so they could know what their constituents were going through.