Charlie Crist Hits 6 Positions on Health Care in 5 Months, 2nd in 2 Hours
According to the Republican Party of Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist has just reached his sixth position on health care in five months. And recently, he took two different positions in the span of just two hours.
The RPOF breaks down each position, specifically the more recent ones. For example, today at noon, Crist said, "I would have voted for" Obamacare. An anchor from CFLN asked, "Health-care bill, how would you have voted on that?"
Crist answered, "I would have voted for it but I think it can be done better. I really do." (See the video here.)
Just two hours later, Editor of The Hotline Reid Wilson, sent out a Tweet relaying that Crist is now against the health-care bill -- that he "misspoke" and wants to repeal it.
Here are the five positions and the time Crist took that stance, according to the RPOF:
Position 1: Crist called for repeal the night the House passed the health care bill.
On March 21, the Associated Press reported that Crist hopes to get elected in November "to help repeal the bill and bring a commonsense approach to health care reform."
Position 2: In July, Crist tells The Wall Street Journal that he does not support repealing Obamacare.
On July 20, Peter Wallsten of The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Mr. Crist has made other policy shifts. Despite pledging as a Republican to help repeal President Obama's health-care overhaul, Mr. Crist now says he does not support such a move.”
Position 3: Crist tells The Wall Street Journal that those calling for repeal are only giving in to the primary “purity test”
Wallsten told Crist, "When the bill was passed, you called for its repeal." To which Charlie countered, "Well, I wanted it to be changed ... People get caught up in 'I'm going to say it's going to be repealed' ... That's part of the purity test."
Position 4: Crist says his position on Obamacare has been “confused” and he does support “repeal.”
On July 29, the governor wrote on charliecrist.com, "The Obama 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. 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. Repeal must be accompanied by a responsible substitute."
Of course you already know what happened today, which account for positions five and six.