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AG McKenna says SCOTUS ruling "ironic"

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SEATTLE, Wash.- Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he's disappointed the Supreme Court has upheld the mandate in the federal health care law.        

McKenna says "it's ironic" it was upheld as a tax, since he says President Obama stressed it not as a tax, but a penalty.

McKenna says he's relieved the ruling does not expand federal authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, and it doesn't force states to spend their own money to expand Medicaid.         

McKenna joined other Republican attorneys general in the lawsuit over the objections of Governor Gregoire.         

If elected, McKenna says he's ready to implement the health insurance exchange, which he says allows working and low-income people to own an insurance policy.