Judge to mull senator's suit over health exchanges

Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 -- 12:58 p.m.

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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