Johnson sues over ObamaCare subsidies; Sensenbrenner pouts

There appears to be a rift developing between two Wisconsin legislators.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is filing to challenge the Obama edict that supplements congressional staff as they move to comply with the American Healthcare Act. The act put the staff to the plan. Obama’s pen defied the act by supplementing the costs of compliance for congressional staffers.

To me it is an easy challenge. The President, even the great Obama, can not stand behind his curtain and arrange law to his liking. I’ve complained in the past that if Republicans were going to stomp around and claim Obama was breaking the law with his one-handed declarations, someone had better stand up and challenge the change. Senator Ron Johnson is doing just that. He’s saying not only did the President act outside of his scope, but that he put in place a law that discriminates against the bulk of Americans paying for health care insurance to favor congressional employees.

Brilliant. High five! Go Ron Johnson!

Oh, unless you are 5th District Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner. Sensenbrenner made this statement regarding Johnson’s effort:

Senator Johnson’s lawsuit is an unfortunate political stunt. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, but the employer contribution he’s attacking is nothing more than a standard benefit that most private and all federal employees receive – including the President. Success in the suit will mean that Congress will lose some of its best staff and will be staffed primarily by recent college graduates who are still on their parents’ insurance. This will make it even more difficult to fight the President and his older, more experienced staff.

Senator Johnson should spend his time legislating rather than litigating as our country is facing big problems that must be addressed by Congress – not the courts. All Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but this politically motivated lawsuit only takes public attention away from how bad all of Obamacare really is and focuses it on a trivial issue. Fortunately, Senator Johnson’s suit is likely frivolous and will not achieve the result he’s seeking.

I’m not naive. No doubt Sensenbrenner’s staffers put that together. As I tweeted earlier, Sensenbrenner hasn’t lifted a hand to do more than put a fork to his mouth for years. It wouldn’t surprise me if the inmates are running the asylum in Sensenbrenner’s office.

Senator Johnson responded perfectly:

I have always respected Congressman Sensenbrenner, but I am disappointed and puzzled by his disagreement with me on an issue that all but two congressional Republicans (including Congressman Sensenbrenner) have voted in favor of – ending the special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under Obamacare.

Americans are justifiably outraged when members of Congress exempt themselves from the very laws they impose on everyone else. With the help of President Obama, that is exactly what Democrats have done once again.

By no means do I believe this issue is trivial, or my lawsuit to overturn this injustice is frivolous. This is an issue of basic fairness that I believe is worth fighting for.

That’s the Senator talking – right down to the final preposition.

Sensenbrenner will recant. He always does.

I just just wish someone would decide it’s time for Sensenbrenner to be forced into retirement. A note from September:

I’ve been told a couple of times the newly drawn 5th district was made to include a Fitzgerald; that time had come to manage Sensenbrenner’s replacement even though our aging congressman swore the only way he’d leave his seat is in a pine box. (I’m pretty sure the pine box comment was when there were rumblings Ted Kanavas might try to run.) Why wait for Sensenbrenner to retire? All one has to do is highlight how the Congressman is ignoring his district to become the Republican replacement September 2014.

I was six years old when Sensenbrenner was first elected to public office. Wisconsin, did you mean to let a silver-spooned millionaire live off your tax dollars for forty years? If so, well done.

I guess.


This tweet just showed up:

I didn’t realize Grebe was involved. Which prompted my reply:


  1. Luddie Mueller says:

    There’s nothing wrong with the lawsuit. But, there are bigger fish to fry than this, in MHO. So, while Senator Johnson’s fight is noble, it’s a sideshow at the very most.