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U.S. House votes to repeal Obama's healthcare reform

(Xinhua)

08:08, July 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, July 11 (Xinhua) -- 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. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said 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.

"I introduced this legislation on behalf of my colleagues so that we may all be on record following the Supreme Court's decision, in order to show that the House rejects Obamacare, and that we are committed to taking this flawed law off the books," Cantor said during debate on the bill.

House Democrats have decried the vote and its two-day debate as a waste of time which could be better used on passing legislations to create jobs.

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