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Crist Not Backing Down From Health Care Law Support

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 14:  Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches held in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The former governor is showing a slight edge in the polls over Rick Scott as the campaign starts to heat up for the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election that will take place on November 4, 2014.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – APRIL 14: Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches held in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The former governor is showing a slight edge in the polls over Rick Scott as the campaign starts to heat up for the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election that will take place on November 4, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida’s former governor Charlie Crist, despite persistent criticism, isn’t backing away from his support of the nation’s new health insurance system.

At a luncheon Tuesday, Crist spoke and immediately brought up the attack ads Republican Governor Rick Scott’s political committee have bought which show Crist saying “I think it’s been great,” talking about the health care overhaul.

Crist made it clear he won’t back down for his support of what’s often called Obamacare. He repeatedly said it’s “great” at the luncheon.

He then told a story about a woman who saw the ads and wanted Crist to know she too supports the health care overhaul. Crist said the woman told him the law could have saved her brothers’ lives.

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