Judge to mull senator's suit over health exchanges

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) (R) speaks as attorney Rick Esenberg (L) listens during a news conference January 6, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Johnson held the news conference to announce a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management challenging the Affordable Care Act regulation that allows congressional staff to keep their employer contributions for use toward the purchase of a health insurance plan.  (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) (R) speaks as attorney Rick Esenberg (L) listens during a news conference January 6, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Johnson held the news conference to announce a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management challenging the Affordable Care Act regulation that allows congressional staff to keep their employer contributions for use toward the purchase of a health insurance plan. (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/06 8:20 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge is set to consider a Wisconsin senator's lawsuit challenging how President Barack Obama's administration has applied health care reforms to Congress.

At issue is a U.S. Office of Personnel Management rule that states congressional members and staffers must obtain health insurance through small business exchanges.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson filed a lawsuit in January alleging congressional employees aren't eligible for the exchanges because the federal government is too large. He also contends that the government's premium subsidies for congressional workers will create resentment among his constituents.

Government attorneys counter that Johnson hasn't shown how the rule harms him. They've asked Judge William Griesbach to dismiss the case.

A hearing is set for Monday in Green Bay.

 

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