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

The proposed state constitutional amendment (HJR 37) went before a House committee Monday. It would need 60 percent voter approval if it gets on the November ballot.

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, reduce deficits and ban insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.