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.