In his latest commentary for CNN, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says of the controversy surrounding health-care reform:
"Today, I see Democrats repeating the very same mistakes that cost Republicans their majority. Republicans lost their way because they didn't do what they said they would do. Democrats are now in the same unenviable position. What was promised has not been delivered.
"Despite the rhetoric, there has not been a bipartisan approach to solve the challenges of health care. Republican Leader John Boehner has not been invited back to the White House since April. Instead of working together to solve this problem, Democrat leaders suggest that Republicans prefer to do nothing at all. To the contrary, Republicans have offered more than 40 bills related to health care.
"Rather than bringing people together, those who run Washington have demeaned Americans for participating in the debate! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls them un-American. The President dismisses their arguments as 'bickering'. Worst of all, the race card is being played in an attempt to shut down legitimate debate.
"While I did not support Rep. Joe Wilson's decision to shout out during the president's address, I was appalled to hear him called a racist for daring to disagree with a black president. I know Joe Wilson. I had the privilege of visiting Iraq and Afghanistan with him. He is no racist.
"He simply disagrees with the president's representations -- and I would suggest that the facts are on Wilson's side."