WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, on a near party-line vote of 244- 185, passed a bill on Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.
Just like previous House efforts to end all or parts of the two-year-old healthcare law, the bill is certain to be stopped by Obama's fellow Democrats who control the Senate.
Regardless, the fight over the landmark law, which has divided Americans and rallied the Democrats' and Republicans' political bases, will likely rage on into the Nov. 6 elections.
Five Democrats joined all Republicans in voting to repeal the law.
House Speaker John Boehner and fellow Republicans scheduled Wednesday's vote after the U.S. Supreme Court last month upheld the law, which requires nearly all Americans to obtain insurance or face a tax penalty.
We were promised this health care law would lower costs and help create jobs, Boehner said during the debate. One congressional leader even suggested it would create 400,000 new jobs. Guess what? It didn't happen. It is making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.