Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, Senator Ron Johnson made the following remarks on the Office of Personnel Management’s motion to dismiss his lawsuit filed against them in January.
“On Jan. 6, 2014, I filed a lawsuit to uphold the rule of law and overturn the Obama administration's regulation granting special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
“On Monday, the administration filed its initial response to my lawsuit. As my legal experts had predicted, the administration asked the court to dismiss the case on grounds that I lack standing. Very little was said refuting the substance of my lawsuit.
“That is because it is very difficult for the administration to defend this highly political executive action when millions of ordinary Americans are suffering under the full harsh realities of Obamacare.
“Whether or not I have demonstrated sufficient harm to obtain standing before the court is a disputable question. What is beyond dispute is the significant damage that already has been done to real people as a direct result of Obamacare.
“I sincerely wish we could repeal this disastrous law that was rammed through Congress on a totally partisan basis, and challenge every unlawful change President Obama has decreed to his signature legislative "achievement.”
“I hope the court will grant standing in this unique case so that we can proceed to a full trial demonstrating President Obama's unconstitutional overreach.
“This case is about far more than overturning the unfair special treatment for Congress. Americans do not wish to be ruled by a king or a House of Lords. We expect and deserve to be treated equally under the law. That is the primary principle this case is designed to affirm.”