I normally agree with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, but he lost me on this one.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is calling Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration “frivolous” and “an unfortunate political stunt.” Sen. Ron Johnson brought a lawsuit against the administration to stop the Federal government from paying part of the cost of going on to the Obamacare exchanges for members of Congress and their staffers.
Mr Sensenbrenner says that the additional cost of insurance would drive many staffers to look for other jobs, creating a “brain drain” and making Congress members staff their offices with younger and less experienced people.
I actually don’t have that big a problem with the staffers getting the money, it is a benefit most Federal workers receive, and as a benefit to an employee, it is not unreasonable. We have been paying it for a long time anyways.
Where my problem lies it that it’s illegal according to the ACA, but the administration just said “forget it, we’ll do it anyways.” President Obama has been doing way too much of this, and it’s time that someone calls him on it. A president simply does not have the right to rewrite the law any way he sees fit, but that is what this president has done repeatedly.
On a local talk show, Mr Sensenbrenner said that the piece of the law that prevents the contribution was “not well drafted” and not debated on the floor. Who cares? I can’t simply ignore the law because it is “not well drafted.”
The administration’s habit of ignoring the law, and simply giving others “permission” to ignore the law.
What’s more, it should be a fairly safe fight politically. A lot of Americans don’t want to see Congress receive what they see as special privileges, and Sen. Johnson’s suit certainly does not benefit him personally, since he would also be receiving the additional credit, and is actually suing to not receive that money.
So while this may not be the ideal issue to pick the fight over, it is a fight that needs to be fought, and shame on Mr Sensenbrenner for trying to prevent it.