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September 3, 2015

Ron Johnson Lacks Standing in Obamacare Lawsuit, DOJ Contends

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(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama administration lawyers want a federal judge in Wisconsin to throw out a lawsuit filed by GOP Sen. Ron Johnson contending that employer contributions for staff health benefits run afoul of the law.

The Justice Department argued in a court filing earlier this week that Johnson and his staff lack standing to challenge the Office of Personnel Management rule on the issue for several reasons, including because they cannot demonstrate harm from the way the OPM interpreted the Obamacare statute.

“The fact that the plaintiffs are or may be eligible for health-coverage benefits under OPM’s regulations is not enough, by itself, to establish standing to challenge the regulations. To establish standing, the plaintiffs would have to show that the challenged regulations harm them in a material way, such as by diminishing their health benefits,” the Justice Department argued in the filing dated Monday.

The court filing was reported earlier Wednesday by Gannett newspapers, including the Green Bay Press Gazette. Johnson filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Green Bay, Wis.

The Justice Department’s filing is posted online here.

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  1. Nick10

    March 20, 2014
    7:41 a.m.

    Tea Party Pooper

    • Hail_to_the_victors

      March 20, 2014
      9:47 a.m.

      Holder and his SS boys and girls are at it again.

  2. Carol Findlay

    March 20, 2014
    9:19 p.m.

    If they exerted the same interest and effort into fighting for the rights and welfare of americans, including veterans and their own voter base, as they do in throwing these tantrums over obamacare and playing these coldhearted, cutthroat games with 2 million american lives plus their spouses plus their children, this would have been over before it was even an issue.

    Republicans are reptilian. No heart, no soul, no compassion. I voted republican for 32 years. One million of the two million people the GOP is waging war on are, scuse me–WERE–republicans.

    They were already the most hated political party in the nation BEFORE they pulled this stunt. Get them all out, every single one. I got my voter registration papers last week to change my political affiliation.

    We vote for them, and then they vote against us and take away the only income we have. Are they really that stupid???

    Vote every single one of them OUT. Enough already. They do whatever they want to to us, we get mired in mindless political arguments, and NOTHING changes. The parties are still split, nobody pays the price for anything, because we don’t make a move. Grousing on the internet DOES NOTHING. Vote every one of them out, make political lepers of republican candidates–that is the only way they’ll notice. No, they still won’t care about us. Nothing will make them care when they don’t. But they will notice.

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      March 25, 2014
      7:46 p.m.

      Don’t feel hopeless. In the 1970s, they did notice. A concerted effort to vote out ‘the dirty dozen’ resulted in the Clean Air Act.

  3. Henry Ko

    March 22, 2014
    8:21 a.m.

    The world laughs at Hussein Obama’s delusional nonsense.

  4. Wise words ...

    March 23, 2014
    1:59 a.m.

    Why does Obama feel the need to lie so much about Obamacare?

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      March 25, 2014
      7:44 p.m.

      I like my Obamacare, and (NOW, for the first time ever) I CAN keep it.

      No more being dumped for getting sick. No more being excluded for having a pre-existing condition. No more caps on insurer payouts. And saving $3,000 this year is nice too.

      A big thank you, to all the Democrats.

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    A brief overview of Bolshevik ideologue Robert Reich’s war against the Constitution, in the context of Obamacare: http://robertreich.org/post/67778425081

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