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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Taken to task about his health care record as he campaigns for a U.S. Senate seat, Governor Rick Scott has launched a new ad to blunt the criticism.

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Scott entered politics after being CEO of one of the nation’s largest for-profit healthcare companies, Columbia/HCA, amid a federal probe that led to a record Medicare fraud settlement. The company admitted to 14 felonies related to fraudulent billing. Most of the crimes occurred during Scott’s watch.

Scott left with a $5.1 million severance package, $300 million in stock, and an almost million dollar a year consulting contract for five years.

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In the new ad, Scott recounts how his family struggled to get health care when he was growing up. He says he supports “forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions” because of his own experiences.

Scott has consistently opposed the health care expansion known as “Obamacare,” and Florida is suing to overturn federal protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions. Scott says Attorney General Pam Bondi sued without his input, but he hasn’t asked her to drop it.

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