At the start of the new year, House Republicans will renew efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, according to the GOP's weekly address.
Rep. Vicky Hartlzer (R-Mo.) vowed in Saturday's address to "set things right" as the House prepares to vote on a bill which would eliminate parts of the so-called Obamacare, including repealing the individual mandate as well as the employer mandate. Hartlzer said the bill also waives the Obamacare taxes on medical devices and prescription drugs.
"We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people," Hartlzer said. "They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington."
Citing the controversial undercover videos that purportedly revealed the sale of aborted fetus tissue by Planned Parenthood officials, Hartlzer also said the bill would put a moratorium on taxpayer funding to the women's health organization and redirect the funds to community health centers.
"The point of health care is to preserve and protect life. That's why this bill stops taxpayer funding for abortion providers," she said.
"These actions — along with the hundreds of thousands of abortions they perform each year — show a blatant disregard for human life," she continued.
According to the Associated Press, the House is slated to take up the bill on Jan. 6 — prior to President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address. The White House has promised to veto such a bill.
"We owe it to the American people to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that's what we will do next week. As a result, President Obama will soon have a choice — does he support the people and women's health, or does he support Washington mandates and tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood," Hartlzer said. "For the sake of the American people, I hope he makes the right choice."