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Wis. Senator Suing Obama Administration Over Health Law Subsidies

Meanwhile, fellow Republicans Sen. Rand Paul and Phil Gingrey also are heavily criticizing the law.

Politico: Ron Johnson To Sue OPM Over Obamacare
Sen. Ron Johnson plans to file a lawsuit Monday against the Office of Personnel Management over its policy permitting lawmakers and Hill staff to receive Obamacare subsidies for their health plans. The Wisconsin Republican and other opponents of the policy say that the OPM decision to allow the government to fund a portion of members’ and staffers’ health insurance is not authorized in the text of the Affordable Care Act (Haberkorn, 1/6).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Sensenbrenner: Johnson's Obamacare Lawsuit A 'Political Stunt'
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is being accused of "an unfortunate political stunt" by one of his fellow Wisconsin Republicans. Rep. James Sensenbrenner released a statement Sunday criticizing Johnson ... "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," Sensenbrenner said (1/5). 

ABC News: Sen. Rand Paul Says Obamacare 'A Mess,' Unsure if Family is Covered
Democrats have pointed to Kentucky’s state health exchange as an Obamacare success story, but Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on "This Week" that the system is "a mess," describing how his son was incorrectly enrolled in Medicaid, and saying he's unsure if his own family is currently covered. ... "I have here my son's Medicaid card," Paul told George Stephanopoulos Sunday, waving the card. "We didn't try to get him Medicaid, I'm trying to pay for his insurance" (Blaine, 1/5).

MedPage Today: 10 Questions: Rep. Phil Gingrey
Eliminate Obamacare, says Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD (R-Ga.). … What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? Obamacare. Plain and simple. The president's health reforms threaten tens of thousands of private practices with the very real possibility that they may have to close their doors. Several doctors lucky enough to keep practicing are losing their patients due to being dropped from their provider networks and not being able to provide care under Medicare (Pittman, 1/3).

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