Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine, Warren County Commissioners and four public universities are challenging the Affordable Care Act.
The Republicans say the measure improperly imposes a tax on local and state governments. They filed suit in federal court Monday against the federal government and its Department of Health and Human Services to try to get the taxes refunded.
The lawsuit claims the county faces $180,000 dollars in tax fines per day as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
“We are writing a check from our taxpayer dollars that goes for this program and also into the U.S. Treasury. That is a tax on a tax. That is the most blatantly unconstitutional thing I've ever really come across” said Warren County Commissioner David Young in a joint press conference Monday with DeWine and Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
Besides the Republican lawmakers, the suit's plaintiff's include four public universities: The University of Akron; Shawnee State University; Bowling Green State University and Youngstown State University.
The Warren County Democratic Party swiftly issued a statement describing the move as a political play to distract voters. They question how the fee is different than the employer match on Medicare fees that government employees pay.
"These fees/assessments are in place for just three years, and will be used primarily to manage the risk associated with a spike in healthcare spending by people with pre-existing conditions getting health insurance coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act," the statement reads. "The cost of this temporary fee is minimal, roughly $100,000 for Warren County (and $5.3 million for the state) government employees in each of the next three years."