Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell phones.
Now, New Year’s Eve is more about ringing in the New Year from the comfort of my own home. We usually have a special dinner and a bit of champagne—but it is pretty tame. Maybe even lame, but I am not going to dwell on it.
2013 was a pretty good year for the advocates on You’re The Cure. We were able to move the ball forward on two very important issues: pulse oximetry testing for all newborns and tobacco cessation treatment for smokers on Medicaid. The battle is not yet over on either bill, but, with a little new year’s luck, they will both be finalized in January. I truly hope so!
2014 will be busy as well. The legislature has their "short session" but that does not make it any less important. We need to pass the bill that will provide 70,000 Maine residents including 3,000 veterans with health care. We need to make sure that policymakers understand that tobacco is still the #1 killer and we need to begin to educate them on the link between sugary drinks and obesity.
Hope you will not just "phone it in" this year and join me in our fight to decrease cardiovascular disease in Maine.
PS: My New Year’s resolution is to use fewer puns.