Ron Johnson May Sue To Cut Congressional Staff’s Health Benefits

AP

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Thursday that he may sue to prevent congressional staffers from receiving employer contributions under Obamacare, Roll Call reported.

Johnson filed a formal comment to the Office of Personnel Management last week that challenged a rule it issued allowing the federal government to contribute insurance premiums for lawmakers and congressional staff set to buy health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. He told Roll Call he filed the comment in order to create standing for a legal case.

“My intent is to make sure President Obama is not allowed to exceed his legal authority in implementing this law, and that members of Congress and their staffs are not shielded from the harmful effects of this law that every other American will experience,” Johnson said in a Sept. 10 statement announcing he and his staffers had filed the comment, as quoted by Roll Call.

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