Saturday , March 18, 2017 - 5:30 AM
In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, holds an image he says is misleading and was created by critics of his public lands proposal. Bishop spoke during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
The Congressional Budget Office projects that under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, 14 million Americans will lose health coverage in 2018.
Another 10 million will lose coverage by 2026, the CBO reported Monday, March 13.
And that’s on top of the 28 million expected to go without coverage under the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total of uninsured Americans to 52 million.
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop didn’t return to Utah for town hall meetings in February, and his website doesn’t mention the American Health Care Act or the CBO report.
With the House taking a long weekend March 24 through 26, we argued in a March 14 editorial, Bishop needs to return to the 1st Congressional District and share his views on the AHCA.
Specifically, we wrote, Northern Utahns deserve to hear why he considers it acceptable to nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance coverage.
Here’s how readers reacted to the editorial when we shared it on Facebook. All quotes are verbatim:
Suzanne Child Wayment: He doesn't care about his constituents! The only thing he's interested in is selling our public land.
Jay Hartwell: Too bad the people aren't his constituents. I'm sure he'd make time if our names were, Lockheed Martin, Chevron or Northrop Grumman.
JimWinnie FayeLucas Ray: The SE actually believes we live in a socialist country where it is a right for the government to provide health insurance. Ignorance must be bliss SE as you're writers are liberal kooks.
David Smith: I see, you don't pay into Social Security or are not looking to receive any return on you investment when you're to old to work. We all pay into Medicare, why not Medicare for all?
Stacy Cowlishaw: Town Hall!
Richard Schoenfeld: Free markets could cover everyone if we were to truly allow the market work. The federal government shouldn't be providing "health coverage" to anyone.
Gail Anderson Prims: But if you remember right, it Was one of Trump's promises that he would do so.
David Smith: Free markets wouldn't work because of the insurance industry. Before ACA, no preexisting conditions covered, limits on coverage, escalating cost to the consumer, higher deductibles, run away inflation on health costs. Did the insurance industry do any thing to crib these costs?
Gail Anderson Prims: Thank you Standard-Examiner for standing up to Rob Bishop!! His constituents deserve a face to face meeting to discuss this deplorable piece of legislation. The Republicans promised to come up with a plan that would be so much better than the ACA. This is what we get?
Preston Robinson: Jason chaffets was right. I know I'm poking a bear when I say this, but its far too often we see people who have that brand new car, the newest laptops and smart tv's and the latest iphone. Yet are on some sort of public assistance. People have gotten their wants and needs all mixed up. Its nobody's responsibility but your own to ensure you are taken care of. Not the goverments or the churches or even your parents if you are an adult.
Dalena May Kelley: One person losing health insurance is to much. Tender Trump promised everyone would be covered by insurance. This is quite the opposite. We should be developing a plan that helps people and not a plan that is hurting people. Insurance actually saves lives. Far more lives then anything else.