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Crist flip-flops on health care


Charlie Crist (I) today reversed his position on the health-care law -- twice in one day.

In an interview, he said this: "I would have voted for it, but I think it can be done better. I really do."

But as Adam Smith of the St. Pete Times notes, this was a reversal on what Crist said about the law last month: "Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program. But being an independent, I have the freedom to be an honest broker for the people of Florida without regard for political party, and the reality is this: despite its serious flaws, the Obama health care bill does have some positive aspects."

And now Crist's campaign has reversed itself from the reversal with this statement:

If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much. Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.

The Orlando Sentinel's Jim Stratton wonders if Florida voters have come to accept Crist's shape-shifting ways. "Could it be that many voters give Crist a pass on his chameleon-like ability to change his mind? He’s been doing it for an awfully long time, yet he keeps getting elected... If they don’t expect him to hold firm on a policy issue, they’re not devastated if he switches. They might not like it, but, so far, it hasn’t alienated them enough to abandon Crist."