I hope this season finds you in good health. Although I always begin with that, this year it has special meaning. Given that the world is in the midst of a pandemic, I imagine even the North Pole has its issues. It can’t be easy for you to wear a mask over that big white beard, and you probably had to build a field factory so the elves could work safely at a distance. I hope you have a warm place for them to wash their hands; no sense risking frostbite! At least you all kept your jobs, because children everywhere need you more than ever this year.
This is a bit awkward to bring up, but I need to remind you that I have not received a single thing I’ve asked for the past few years. I know you sent a diamond bracelet last year since you couldn’t figure out how to end unnecessary authorizations for medical care. That was a nice touch, and I am truly grateful. But honestly, can you get what I ask for, just once? I’ve been really good, I promise! I’ve followed all the usual precautions for COVID-19, and I didn’t even get a black market haircut or a manicure. And I haven’t attended any parties.
So here are my top 10 requests this year, in no particular order:
Give President-elect Joe Biden “medicine” to heal the country
Bring an effective COVID-19 vaccine
Fix “ObamaCare” so that it works the way it should and allows everyone decent healthcare coverage
Ensure that changes that have worked well, such as telehealth and reimbursements for time spent on a visit, continue after the pandemic
Bring an immunotherapy that works for all cancers
Give industry and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a model for drug pricing that is rational so that medical care in America is affordable
Give everyone a mirror that allows us to see our own biases and begin to understand the need to change
Bring everyone a bag of patience, because nothing will change overnight
Deliver millions of new jobs so that the economy can recover
Bring me a diamond necklace to match the bracelet. Oops! Just kidding!
Well, that’s my list. If you want to discuss any of this, I am always available for a Zoom meeting. We can include the elves if you like, but please ask them to stay on mute and just use the chat feature. They do have computers, don’t they?
I’ll end by wishing you and Mrs. Claus the very best of the season. And I’d like to thank you in advance for all the goodness I know you will pass around this holiday. The world is in a lot of hurt, and your spirit always makes everything better.