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Ohio Sues Federal Government Over Fee In Affordable Care Act

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine has made good on threats to sue the federal government over a tax in the Affordable Care Act. DeWine says a lawsuit filed in Columbus federal court today challenges the constitutionality of a $63 fee that states pay for every worker they ensure. In Ohio, fees for 85,000 workers amount to $5.3 million a year. “(That money) could be used for education, could be used for public safety, could be used for roads and bridges…," said DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said last week. The fee is part of an ACA program to stabilize premiums in the individual exchange market. DeWine calls the fee “a blatantly unconstitutional expansion of power by the federal government.” The fee is already scheduled to sunset in 2016. The lawsuit filed by the state of Ohio and Warren County also includes the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, Shawnee State University, and Youngstown State University.