Republicans Say They're Taking 'Our Best Shot' at Repealing Obamacare

Susan Jones | January 4, 2016 | 9:51am EST
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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) (AP File Photo)

( - A few weeks after Congress passed critical spending legislation that fully funded Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, Republicans this week will take a symbolic stand by once again trying -- and failing -- to repeal the law.

"We owe it to the American people to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that's what we'll do next week," Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said Saturday in the Republican radio address.

The Republican bill also stops taxpayer funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

As for taking their "best shot," Hartzler admitted that Republicans are pinning their hopes on President Obama changing his mind about his signature legislation -- something that will not happen.

"We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people,"  Hartzler said. "They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington. And they don't want their tax dollars going to abortion providers.

"We have taken many votes to preserve health care choices and protect precious tax dollars in the House. If the president didn't hear the people's voices earlier, hopefully, he will through this bill. It will go directly to his desk by way of the reconciliation process, which avoids obstruction by Senate Democrats."

But avoiding obstruction by Senate Democrats doesn't avoid a presidential veto:

"As a result, President Obama will soon have a choice," Hartzler said. "Does he support the people and women's health, or does he support Washington mandates and tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood?"For the sake of the American people, I hope he makes the right choice."

Obama will veto the bill, and Republicans reportedly plan to schedule an override vote for Jan. 22, when pro-life activists hold their annual March for Life in Washington.

But that vote also will fail.

"You're going to see us put a bill on the president's desk going after Obamacare and Planned Parenthood so we'll finally get a bill on his desk to veto," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told conservative talk show host Bill Bennett over the holidays.

"Then you're going to see the House Republican Conference, working with our senators, coming out with a bold agenda that we're going to lay out for the country, to say how we would do things very differently," Ryan added.

The "bold agenda" promised by Ryan in this election year will begin to take shape at a House-Senate GOP retreat later this month in Baltimore. So far Ryan has pledged efforts to overhaul the tax system and offer a Republican alternative to the health overhaul, the Associated Press reported.

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