Maryland's delegation predictably split along party lines over the House of Representatives' latest effort Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's national health care law -- with two state Republicans backing the repeal and six Democrats opposing it.
The GOP-led House approved the repeal measure -- the first since the Supreme Court upheld the law's most controversial provision last month -- and Republicans managed to swing two more Democrats to their side. But the effort to undo the Affordable Care Act remains doomed in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The House voted 244-185 to repeal the law, which has remained unpopular in polling even though its most significant provisions do not take effect until 2014. The latest House repeal vote was prompted by a June 28 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a federal requirement that all Americans have some form of health insurance or pay a tax.