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GOP Rebukes Health-Care Subsidies

Republican lawmakers are taking aim at the federally-provided subsidies provided to Congress members and some staffers to purchase insurance via state and federal exchanges.Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI), filed a lawsuit in January to overturn the restoration of health-care subsidies for members of Congress by the Office of Personnel Management . Currently, 38 GOP lawmakers have signaled support for the lawsuit.The federal government used to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and some of their staff, but the Affordable Care Act eliminated them. The OPM restored the subsidies in August 2013.Johnson says the move shows "stunning disregard" for the ACA."I am not opposed to employers contributing to their employee's health care," Johnson says. "My issue is the way the president has changed the law, without the legal approval to do so. Millions of Americans are losing their employer-sponsored care because of the ACA, and only Congress and their official staffs are getting this tax-preferred...

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