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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson officially files lawsuit over Obamacare benefits

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson followed through on his promise Monday to sue the federal government over congressional health benefits under Obamacare.  

Federal Judge William Griesbach of Green Bay was assigned to hear the case.  

Johnson said he believes President Obama exceeded his legal authority by making taxpayers cover about three-fourths of the cost of benefits for federal lawmakers and their staffs. Johnson said that allowing the federal government to make employer contributions for health coverage was, "explicitly considered, debate, and rejected."  

Lawmakers and their staffs are required to use the Obamacare health exchanges, to show that they don't get more favorable breaks than the rest of us.  

Johnson's stand has already been criticized by a fellow Wisconsin Republican. Menomonee Falls Republican Jim Sensenbrenner says the congressional health benefits are no different than what the president or other federal employees get.  

If they disappear, he says Congress will lose a number of top quality aides.  

Johnson's attorney in the case is Rick Esenberg, the head of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, a native of Cedarburg, is a consultant for Johnson. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)