Published: Apr 22, 2014 3:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist isn't backing away from his support of the nation's new health insurance system, despite several million dollars in ads criticizing him for it.

Crist spoke at Capital Tiger Bay luncheon Tuesday and immediately brought up the attack ads Republican Gov. Rick Scott's political committee have bought showing Crist talking about the health care overhaul and saying "I think it's been great."

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.