The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, a largely symbolic move that has virtually no chance of moving forward.
Five Democrats crossed the aisle to join 239 Republicans in voting to overturn the Affordable Care Act: Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.), Reps. Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.) and Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah). Not a single Republican voted to keep the law. The final vote count was 244 to 185.
The Democrat-controlled Senate has made clear any similar repeal effort will not succeed, and Obama has vowed to veto any such bill that reaches his desk.
The House vote comes two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality. It was the 33rd time Republicans have voted to scrap the law in whole or in part since its passage in 2010.