Boston mayor Tom Menino took a particularly blunt tone in a letter to Pres. Obama and House Speaker John Boehner asking the two to work together to avoid the looming fiscal cliff while retaining funding for health research.
"I know a little bit about the importance of funding for health research," Menino wrote. "Boston is home to the number one medical school in the country and the number one hospital in the country."
Menino then drew on his recent lengthy hospital stay.
"Oh, and there's this," wrote Menino. "I just spent a month in one of our world-class health care institutions and am writing you from another."
Menino said that stay gave him a unique perspective on the importance of not slashing funding for health research.
"In Washington, ‘winning the 24-hour news cycle' is victory. You know what victory is for patients down the hall from me? Walking."
Menino went on say that while the fiscal cliff is bad for the country, so is any solution that "guts funding for discovery."
"Outside of Washington, we don't spend all day on your potential ‘Grand Bargain,' said Menino. "But if it means you'll come together for the American people, do that. We've had enough Democrat and Republican speak for a while."
In October, Mayor Menino cut an Italian vacation short after developing
an infection and a blood clot in his lung. While in the hospital, he
developed a fracture in his back and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
He spent a month at Brigham and Women's Hospital before being transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital last week.