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February 8, 2016

RNC Petition Backs Ron Johnson’s Member/Staffer Health Care Lawsuit

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit challenging the legality of federal contributions to the health care plans of members of Congress and congressional staffers has a new ally: the Republican National Committee.

“Senator Ron Johnson is suing the Obama Administration for exempting Democrat Members of Congress from the ObamaCare law,” the RNC petition said. “It’s unfair to make American citizens live under a law that politicians are exempt from.”

The RNC solicited support for the petition Sunday on Twitter, along with a graphic:

Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, first told CQ Roll Call of his intentions regarding the lawsuit last September, shortly after filing comment with the Office of Personnel Management contesting the changes.

Of course, a successful challenge to the OPM decision could do away with the employer contribution for no shortage of Republican staffers, as well.

The OPM fix has preserved federal contributions for the staffers in both parties who have transitioned onto the District of Columbia’s health care exchange, as required by the health care overhaul law.

The Republican National Committee’s use of the Johnson lawsuit as a campaign issue follows court filings reported last week in which 38 GOP members of Congress backed Johnson in the litigation in federal court in Wisconsin.

  • C. Edmund Wright

    Not a fan of the RNC….but this is a good move.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    I can’t believe that after ALL of this time, and after break after break, we still have no extension bill passed in the senate. This proves that the republican party never had ANY intention to pass this bill REGARDLESS of what concession was offered to them. These republican senators have shown their true distain for the poor people in this country. There can be no other explanation for their lack of total compassion and empathy with those in our country who are hurting financially in one of the worse recessions in many years. As a “FORMER” republican, I’m shocked and disappointed by the party that once was my own. I will NEVER EVER vote for a republican again in the future, and will encourage family and friends to do the same. The republican party has lost it’s way and are no longer relevant to it’s constituents. Just what kind of game are they playing here? When we have more than two million families out of work, without any benefits, struggling from day to day to keep a roof over their children’s heads, and food on the table, they’re playing party politics? These senators are heartless, soulless, bureaucrats, who do not care about you and me, but ONLY themselves and their party. We need to make a huge change in the next elections, and make sure that the republicans are never in charge again to do this sort of thing to helpless people

  • Elle’s Island

    Yet another example of ObamaCare’s murderous reign:

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