Hartzler: GOP is party of opportunity

Dennis Rich

March 20, 2014

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler talked national defense, health care and the importance of faith and family during remarks to Pettis County Republican Party members Thursday night.

The Fourth District Republican, who indicated earlier this month that she will seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, served as the keynote speaker for the party’s annual McKinley Dinner. With the GOP all but assured to retain control of the House and growing increasingly confident of their chances to take the majority in the U.S. Senate, Hartzler used her remarks to champion core party values including faith, family and the free enterprise system.

“We are the growth and opportunity party,” Hartzler said. “Now is our time to stand up for our foundational principles.”

Chief among the threats to personal freedom, Hartzler said, is “Obamacare” and its insurance coverage mandate.

“Never before has the government forced people to buy a private product,” Hartzler said, adding that some estimates expect the president’s health care reform act to cost the nation 2.5 million jobs and will cause 11 million people to pay increased insurance premiums.

She said she has voted 54 times to repeal, amend or delay the health care law and said House Republicans are now considering an alternative plan called the American Health Reform Act, which she said is legislation meant to address the causes of rising health care costs.

The legislation would lay out a national policy on tort reform, allow for competition across state lines, and would seek to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions by expanding state high-risk pools and would provide “transparency” so consumers could shop around for lower-cost services.

Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is “dedicated to doing everything I can to make sure we have a strong national defense” and said she will continue to fight calls for the elimination of the A-10 mission and the replacement of Apache attack helicopters now stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base.

“Both of those are wrong and I am going to fight both,” Hartzler said.

She concluded her remarks by celebrating family and faith, saying “family is why we do what we do,” and emphasized her conviction that “every child deserves a mom and a dad” and that the United States was founded on Judeo-Chirstian principles.

“There is a reason we set this policy of marriage between a man and a woman and I am going to continue to say that and be proud of it because I believe that is the basic foundation our society needs,” Hartzler said.