Ask Frank Kratovil to be a Can-Do Congressman

Posted on March 16, 2010


We’re almost to the end of the debate on health insurance reform. It hasn’t been pretty.  It hasn’t been handled well by anyone — House, Senate, Democrats, Republicans, President Barack Obama.

President Obama was naive in trusting Congress to act responsibly. Chalk it up to inexperience.  In return for the president’s trust, Congress acted like irresponsible children. Some members, particularly in the Senate, seem to take perverse pride in blocking any compromise or agreement whatsoever.

Americans have always been a “can-do” people.  But many in Congress have a stubbornly “can’t-do” attitude.

They have all kinds of reasons why they can’t do it. They say they’re in favor of health care reform.  But in the next breath they say they can’t support the bill that’s in front of them. And they won’t even try to fix it. They say they want to do it. But they can’t do it this year. It’s too hard. It’s too expensive. They can’t accept this provision or that provision.  They can’t understand the bill. It’s too long and complicated. They can’t make the changes they want to make. They can’t trust the other party. The House can’t trust the Senate.

Begging the question, if they can’t do it this year, why can they do it next year, or the year after? And if they can’t do health reform, can they do anything?


For  some reason, Rep. Frank Kratovil is the only Democratic member of Congress from Maryland who can’t do health care. This is his first term. Like President Obama, Rep. Kratovil is a bit short on experience. Is he smarter than Sen. Barbara Mikulski or Sen. Ben Cardin? Is he smarter than Rep. John Sarbanes and Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and the other Maryland Democrats?

Rep. Frank Kratovil represents Maryland’s First Congressional District. That includes all of the Eastern Shore, and parts of Harford, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel Counties on the Western Shore. Many people in this part of Maryland are without health insurance, or in danger of losing their insurance. If you live in Maryland, you can tell Rep. Kratovil that you prefer a can-do attitude. You can tell him he can vote for health care. He can continue to work to improve it. He can be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

You can go to the Web site, Final March For Reform, and send your own brief letter to Rep. Kratovil.  It takes only a few minutes. You might help persuade Rep. Kratovil that he can do health care for Maryland. If not now, when?

— Bernie (John) Hayden