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UPDATE: Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

UPDATED Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 1:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

The Wisconsin Republican filed a suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay, Wis., challenging a September ruling by the Office of Personnel Management. The agency ruled that lawmakers and their staffs should continue getting health care benefits covering 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.

Johnson says the lawsuit is about ensuring that Congress receives no special treatment under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The exchanges were set up for people who don't get health coverage through employers.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 8:38 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Republican members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are at odds over a lawsuit that challenges a provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is criticizing Sen. Ron Johnson over his plan to sue the federal Office of Personnel Management over a rule that allows congressional members and their staff to receive health benefits similar to other federal employees. Johnson says that amounts to "special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under Obamacare."

Sensenbrenner calls Johnson's lawsuit "an unfortunate political stunt." The congressman says Johnson "should spend his time legislating rather than litigating."

Johnson says he's "disappointed and puzzled" by Sensenbrenner's disagreement on ending special treatment for congressional members and staff that that all but two Republicans, including Sensenbrenner, have voted for.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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