Skip to comments.Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnsonís Obamacare lawsuit
Posted on 07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges.
The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the presidents delay of the employer mandate.
Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnsons lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot prove he is injured by the policy, which moved lawmakers and some of their staff from the usual federal employee health benefit plan and into the new Obamacare exchanges.
Under our constitutional design, in the absence of a concrete injury to a party that can be redressed by the courts, disputes between the executive and legislative branches over the exercise of their respective powers are to be resolved through the political process, not by decisions issued by federal judges, he wrote.
Johnson argued that the Obama administration decision to allow the government to contribute to staffers and members health costs was not allowed under the Affordable Care Act. He said his injury was that the policy put him at an unfair disadvantage with his voters and required him to file a form distinguishing staff and non-staff. Griesbach said that was not enough.
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Ya mean that the RINOs will have to do the dirty work themselves—and not rely on THE COURTS???
The horror. THE HORROR! Dirty hands??? Acctually pass some anti-Sotoro LEGISLATION????
“At the foundation of our civil liberties lies
the principle that denies to government officials
an exceptional position before the law and which
subjects them to the same rules of conduct
that are commands to the citizen.”
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Great quote, I had not heard it before.
Good to see that Sen Johnson believes Congress and their staffers should be exempt from 0CommieCare....but not us taxpaying little people. Pound sand, Sen Johnson.
If those same RINOs somehow manage to wrest control of the senate away from the Dems, I’m not expecting much if any change. Mark my words: They will squander their advantage. Its what they do; its who they are.
RINOs only want their cushy jobs, not the real work that goes along with it.
+1, nothing more to add to your succinct & excellent post.
I think I am in agreement with this judge.
Boehner had a chance to win against Obamacare last year when Ted Cruz led the effort to fund all of federal government except for the PPACA Obamacare. But Boehner caved and passed to fund Obamacare and raise the debt ceiling to fund all of Obama’s wish list until after the November elections.
Thanks, Girlene...I need to re-read....after another cup of coffee ;-)
Thank you for the kind words.
I’ll be even more succinct: Republicans don’t play to win.
Agree. Good post.
Except when they're primaried by Tea Partiers, then it's scorched earth.
Hokey-A$$ ‘standing’ notion, again.
These damn “judges” have way too much power. The Constitution never meant for them to be this powerful. The communist ‘RAT Party did that.
Johnson thinks the courts get to decide marriage too. Puke
no big deal. the plaintiff could not show he was damaged, which will always kill such suits.
Exactly - ridiculously weak argument.
That’s okay - Obama has a pen and a phone.
Obamacare will be the law of the land. :)