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  • Julie Barnes

December 23, 2022

Maverick's Update

Only What Matters In Health Information Policy

As we are wrapping up 2022, Maverick Health Policy is reflecting on this chaotic, exciting, and difficult time in health policy. With today’s release of the January 6th Committee report and for so many other reasons, it is also a challenging time for America. It reminds us of the film A League of Their Own, a story about how a professional all-female baseball league is created while male baseball players are fighting in World War II. One of the greatest lines in that film is delivered by Tom Hanks, who plays the reluctant coach of a female baseball team. He responds to his star player’s explanation that she is quitting because it “just got too hard” by saying “It is supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

So, we worked hard this year. Let’s just review our favorite movie quotes from the 2022 Maverick’s Updates and call it a day.

January: Sidney Poitier’s character in Sneakers says “You guys will be chalk outlines without me. All right, what do we need?”

February: In Groundhog Day, after the female lead says: “There is something so familiar about this, do you ever have déjà vu?” and Bill Murray responds “Didn’t you just ask me that?”

March: Marisa Tomei in the comedy My Cousin Vinny, said: “My niece, the daughter of my sister, is getting married” banging her high-heeled-boot-clad foot against the hard wood of a cabin porch to illustrate how her “biological clock is ticking like this.”

April: In When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal helpfully explained that “men and women cannot be friends.”

May: In the new Top Gun film, Tom Cruise -- as Navy fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell -- is training a new set of young ace pilots for a top-secret mission. He tells them “don’t think, just do.”

June: From Best in Show: “We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.”

July: Ryan Gosling in the Gray Man saying “It’s just another Thursday.”

August: Tom Hiddleston in the Thor / Avengers movies: “I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.”

September: James Brown, playing a preacher, asks Jake in the Blues Brothers movie: “Can you see the light?!

October: In From Russia With Love, James Bond says “Where there is smoke, there’s fire.

November: The entire “so be nice to your Mom” monologue by Wanda Sykes, who plays a family therapist in A Bad Mom’s Christmas.

December: In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones says “It is not the years, it’s the mileage.

One final thought: We were frustrated from time to time this year by what seemed to be the slow pace of change that was holding us back from modernizing our health care system. This, of course, reminds us of the film The Devil Wears Prada, when Meryl Streep as the editor of Runway (the fictitious Vogue magazine) says to her team: “By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.”

There is no chance 2023 will move at a glacial pace. So Happy Holidays to you -- get a little rest before it takes off. And check your inbox in 2023 for more Maverick Updates.

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