Let's hear your defense of leaving 52M without health coverage, Rep. Bishop

Tuesday , March 14, 2017 - 5:00 AM4 comments

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

As it turns out, the U.S. House of Representatives plans a long weekend March 24 through 26.

That would be an ideal time for Rep. Rob Bishop to return to Utah’s 1st Congressional District and share his views on the American Health Care Act.

Especially after Monday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office, projecting that under the Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare, 14 million people will lose health coverage in 2018.

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And that number will grow to 24 million by 2026.

CBO analysts projected 28 million Americans would already lack coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So the Republican plan advancing through the House would leave a total of 52 million people without health insurance.

Stop and reflect on that number: 52 million.

It’s not a monolithic figure. It’s made up of 52 million living, breathing people.

Children. Parents. Friends. Neighbors. Without health coverage.

Under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, their number will increase from 28 million to 52 million.

Bishop needs to return to Northern Utah and explain why he considers that acceptable.

Or, if he plans to vote against the American Health Care Act, now’s the time to tell us.

Because he didn’t return for a town hall meeting in February. As of Monday afternoon, his website didn’t include anything about his position on the AHCA, let alone the CBO’s report.

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He could come home this weekend to face his constituents, if he were so inclined. But the open calendar from March 24 through 26 gives him plenty of time to book a round-trip flight and schedule a series of town hall meetings.

Two of the state’s 10 largest cities are in Bishop’s district — Ogden (7th) and Logan (9th). Start there, then fill in with places like Brigham City, Layton, Roy, Park City and Tremonton.

Three days gives Bishop plenty of time to come home and explain his views at length.

If he believes it’s morally acceptable to adopt a plan leaving 52 million Americans without health insurance, the people he represents deserve to hear why.

In person.

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