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The Associated Press March 22, 2010, 5:07PM ET

Fla. proposal challenges federal health care plan

Floridians could opt out of the federal health care overhaul plan under a ballot proposal being considered by the Republican-controlled state Legislature.

A House committee Monday approved the proposed state constitutional amendment on a 10-3 vote. It would need 60 percent voter approval if it gets on the November ballot. But constitutional law experts say even if adopted it would not override federal law.

The amendment would prohibit anyone including employers from being forced to participate in the federal system President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law.

The U.S. House passed the legislation Sunday over unanimous opposition from Republicans. It would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans.

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