- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am quite disappointed that our legislators are still calling each other “big belly-flop flip-flop[pers]” and engaging in these games of “he said, she said” (“Lawmakers set to make changes,” Nation, Wednesday). This playground fight may have been entertaining back in June, but with the new decade quickly approaching, this flagrantly uncooperative behavior is unacceptable.

It has been almost three months since Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., Louisiana Republican, said that the two sides agreed on “80 percent of the issues right now. It’s just a matter of hashing out those few areas where we disagree.” As Democrats ready themselves to trumpet a new public option while the Republicans rush to oppose it, it seems that this “hashing out” of the final 20 percent will never end.

The annual health expenditure for the average American is over $7,000 and growing much faster than our stagnant gross domestic product. Congressmen need to remember this, stop their petty accusations, and (at least try to) cooperate.

DONG CHEN

Philadelphia

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