GREEN BAY (WSAU) Senator Ron Johnson’s lawsuit against the government for certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare is apparently over.
U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled Monday that Johnson and a staff member who filed the lawsuit with him don’t have standing, or the grounds to bring the suit.
Griesbach says Johnson’s belief that it is illegal for lawmakers and their staffs to get subsidized health insurance is not enough reason to disqualify Johnson from the requirements of Obamacare. The judge also said Johnson could sidestep the law’s requirements by refusing to designate employees to receive subsidies, and that Johnson failed to show voters would view him negatively if his staff received subsidized Affordable Care Act insurance.
Johnson still believes giving special treatment to members of Congress and their staffs is unlawful and unfair, saying it is only one of many examples of this president’s abuse of his constitutional duty. Johnson said these actions will go unchallenged for now, because the district court granted the administration's motion to dismiss.
The Senator and his legal team will carefully review the decision before determining the next step.
Johnson said, “I want to personally thank the 45 members of Congress and the public policy organizations who supported amicus briefs, and the tens of thousands of great Americans who have supported this effort. We’ve lost a battle in court, but we will continue to move forward in our effort to return sanity, fairness and justice to government on behalf of the American people.”