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Johnson defends lawsuit as effort to end presidential 'overreach'

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he has an obligation to put an end to presidential “overreach.”

The Oshkosh Republican told “UpFront with Mike Gousha” his lawsuit over congressional insurance subsidies isn’t frivolous, rejecting criticism from fellow conservative U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

“It is just an issue of fairness, and, secondly, it’s a constitutional issue,” Johnson said on the program, produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. “Does the president really have the authority to make changes to these laws unilaterally?”

Those who lose employer-provided health care must spend after-tax dollars to obtain insurance through the exchanges, according to Johnson. He said it’s unfair that members of Congress may receive tax-free employer subsidies when purchasing plans.

“We are getting heart-rending emails from our constituents,” Johnson said. “They’ve lost their policies; they’re losing access to doctors and treatments that have kept them alive.”

Johnson said he believes members of Congress will feel motivated to change elements of the Affordable Care Act if they’re required to experience the “full effects” of the healthcare law.

Johnson said Senate Republicans’ attempts to pass legislation to limit congressional health care subsidies were blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“That’s how Harry Reid is running the Senate,” Johnson said. “He’s basically telling the minority to sit down and shut up, so the Senate is utterly dysfunctional and hasn’t passed an appropriations bill in two years.”

See more from Johnson's appearance on the show here.


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