The House voted today to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending yet another rebuke to the president after the Supreme Court upheld the law last month.
It was the 33rd vote to kill all or part of the law, according to House GOP leaders. But the Senate is unlikely to take up the issue, relegating the hours of floor debate to little more than political posturing.
Nonetheless, if the Republican leaders’ goal was to make life difficult for some Democrats, they succeeded.
The bill passed 244-185, with 5 Democrats voting for the measure. No Republicans voted against the repeal.
Democratic Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Mike Ross (Ark.) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.) supported the repeal measure again, and were joined by Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell (N.C.), who has previously voted against repeal measures. Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah) also voted for the repeal.
McIntyre, Kissell and Matheson face tough re-election races in conservative-leaning districts, while Boren and Ross are retiring.
Members from both sides of the aisle took to the floor to give grandiose speeches, with Republicans reproaching the controversial law as a government overreach and Democrats vigorously defending it, apparently buoyed by the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the law.