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Healthcare reform: Who wins when governor, attorney general clash?

Washington's attorney general filed suit against the healthcare reform bill signed today. One problem: He didn't ask the state's governor, who supports the bill. Who wins?

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Rob McKenna, a Republican from Washington state (pictured here), is one of 14 attorneys general suing to block the healthcare reform law. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire (D) says she'll fight his lawsuit.

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Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna's crusade against healthcare reform has a motto, it seems. “Congress has never passed a law requiring its citizens to buy a commercial product,” says the Republican in a phone conversation.

He is busy in what he hopes will become a national movement of state attorneys general, numbering 14 so far, striking back against what they consider the most egregious provision of the healthcare overhaul bill signed this morning by President Obama.

They hope to strike down the requirement mandating purchase of health insurance by all Americans.

In Olympia, Wash., Democrats are condemning him for his decision. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) says Mr. McKenna did not consult her before he decided to join the others in challenging the congressional bill. She said in a statement that she “totally disagrees” with his opinion and she’ll fight his lawsuit.

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