U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 244-185 to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, but the effort faces almost certain doom in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The vote was the 33rd attempt by House Republicans to overturn the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last month. The vote was split mostly along party lines, but Republicans were joined by 5 Democrats, who face tough re-election battle.
The symbolic effort faces almost certain doom in the Senate, and the White House has issued a veto threat on the attempt.
The Republicans insisted that their vote were in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, saying they felt compelled to put members on record following the ruling, which said the individual mandate, the central part of the law which requires every American to buy health insurance or face a fine, is basically a tax.