Bill, who is 64, retired military and living in Syracuse, wonders why Sen. Orrin Hatch doesn't want his kids to get medical care.
He did ask. "I wrote him a letter and just got the canned party line back. I shredded it."
Bill, who doesn't want me to use his last name to respect his family members' medical privacy, includes Rep. Rob Bishop in the question. Bishop just voted to repeal "Obamacare," which could give his kids medical care. Hatch has made it clear he wants to repeal.
Here's what's odd: Sen. Hatch, who is worried the Tea Party will do to him what it did to Sen. Bob Bennett, sponsored a bill in 1993 that is now a key part of the health care reform he now claims to despise.
No kidding. In 1993, Hatch co-sponsored a bill to require -- yes require -- everyone in the nation to buy medical insurance. That is the same individual mandate he now condemns.
In 1993, conservatives didn't want "freeloaders" on private insurance. Those are people who get care without insurance, or who wait until they get sick to start paying pennies into the system while they suck down zillions in care.
Bill's got five people in his immediate family who I guess are freeloaders. They badly need medical insurance so they can afford care. We're talking MS, epilepsy, old-age dementia.
All are helped by the bill Bishop voted to repeal and that Hatch condemns.
Bill's brother-in-law, who is a senior, spends $4,500 a month for medications because he fell through the "donut hole" in Medicare's prescription coverage. Medical care reform does away with the donut hole.
He has a son, 22, with epilepsy, who needs annual brain scans. His son goes to college, doesn't have a regular job, but is on his dad's insurance because the new health care bill says children are now covered by their parents until they are 26.
He has another daughter who lost her job at Walmart after she came down with multiple sclerosis, and discovered the company's coverage didn't include things like MS. Neither of his two sisters-in-law can get coverage because their jobs don't provide it and individual coverage costs too much.
Bill is retired military with federal employee health benefits that cost him $400 a month. When he turns 65 he qualifies for Medicare.
That is the single-payer, individual mandate, tax-supported national health policy that older Tea Party members scream they don't want touched. Needless to say, Hatch has vowed to preserve Medicare.
For the rest?
"I don't understand why Orrin Hatch and Rep. Bishop are voting against it," said Bill. "Why can't these guys, instead of political payback, why can't they start doing their jobs?
"All my children are adult children. My son who lives with me is 22, the others are 24, 37 and 48 and none of them have medical insurance. My kids don't, my sisters-in-law don't. How many other people are affected?"
His daughter with MS worries him most. MS is progressive, potentially fatal and needs expensive medications.
"The only medications she can get are labeled 'non-FDA approved, for experimental purposes only,' " Bill said. "Would Orrin Hatch's kids take them?"
They probably wouldn't have to, Bill. Sen. Hatch has government health insurance and, at his age, Medicare, which means when he gets sick your taxes, and mine, and your kids' taxes, pay Sen. Hatch's bills.
He'll be very well-cared-for when he works to repeal health coverage he supported until the Tea Party scared him silly.
If that means your family swings in the wind, too bad.
Wasatch Rambler is the opinion of Charles Trentelman. You can call him at 801-625-4232 or e-mail email@example.com. He also blogs at www.standard.net.