WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives repealed the Affordable Care Act by 245 to 189 vote Wednesday.
Democrats say they will stop the repeal in the senate.
"Yes, there are ways to improve health care. But, President Obama's socialized medicine is not it," Alabama's 5th District Congressman Mo Brooks said on the House floor before the vote.
Earlier in the day, a small group of demonstrators gathered on the Madison County Courthouse steps to show support for President Obama's health care reforms.
"The Republicans and our new representative, Mo Brooks, they sort of give the impression that everybody is in favor of this mandate to repeal health care. And I'm here to say that's not the case," said Huntsville resident Ronald Slaughter.
With Democrats holding the majority in the Senate, and the President holding veto power, a House repeal is being called symbolic by some. Republicans still could have a real affect on health care reform.
The House has the power to deny funding and kill implementation of specific aspects of the health care reform without a full repeal going into law.
"Our second strike is going to be to de-fund some of agencies that are responsible for administrating all of the thousands of mind numbing regulations," said Congressman Brooks.
Republicans could effectively stop specific reform items, while keeping some provisions.