Gov. Rick Scott gets Florida to block federal health overhaul

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is getting a bill that would prohibit Floridians from being required to purchase health insurance.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Monday voted 30-7 for the measure (HB 1193) previously approved by the House.

It would put Florida in direct conflict with the federal health care overhaul that will require most people eventually to have insurance coverage.

Legal experts say federal laws trump state legislation.

Scott, a former hospital chain CEO, has been a vociferous opponent of the health care law.

All Republicans voted for the bill. They were joined by one Democrat, Sen. Gwen Margolis of North Miami Beach.

The Senate in March also passed a proposed state constitutional amendment (SJR 2) with a similar ban. It is waiting for a floor vote in the House.

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