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Fri., June 29, 2012, 5:42 p.m.

Obviously, Inslee and Baumgartner hadn’t compared notes

There was a wide range of reaction among Washington politicians to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Here’s an example of how wide:

Jay Inslee, who voted for the law as a congressman and now wants to be Washington’s next governor, and insisted he wasn’t surprised by the ruling: "I always believed this was constitutional."

That would seem to make him significantly more confident than the president, and four justices on the court.

Michael Baumgartner, a state senator who voted against bills to set up and expand a health benefit exchange this year and last – and wants to be Washington’s next U.S. senator – was surprised: "Today, the Supreme Court did something none of us expected – they held that the Affordable Care Act is not in violation of the Constitution."

Baumgartner apparently never talked with Inslee.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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