Senator Johnson Plans Legal Attack on Obamacare

Washington DC


Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is taking Obamacare to court. He will add preferential treatment for members of Congress to the growing list of litigation for the law. Johnson plans to file the lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management (or, OPM).

He claims the decision by OPM, that the federal government will continue contributing to Congressional health plans, regardless of income, is a violation of the healthcare law. Normally, federal subsidies are limited to people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line. This amounts to approximately $46,000 for an individual, and $94,000 for a family of four. Members of Congress earn $174,000 per year, staff salaries vary by office.

In an interview, The Northwestern reports, Johnson explained why he was suing. “The American people have an expectation — Wisconsinites have an expectation — that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they’re held to the letter of the law,” Johnson said.