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Washington State Democrats Relieved By Health Care Ruling

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democrats in Washington state are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
    
The court ruling Thursday morning upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of the law.
    
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he was relieved by the decision.
    
He says that with the decision out of the way "we can continue our focus on where it should be - bringing relief to families struggling to find quality, affordable health insurance."
    
Online insurance exchanges are key to the federal health care law, and in March, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill setting rules for insurers preparing for the state's online insurance exchange set to go live on Jan. 1, 2014.

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