1. In order to cut costs, providing these expensive procedures to people who are going to die any day should be denied.
2. In order to cut costs, we’re going to let seniors die.
3. Greedy orthopedic surgeons are providing unnecessary procedures on seniors so they can have Medicare buy their new Mercedes.
As to the first point, there are only two reasons to get a hip replacement. The patient either has crippling arthritis where the pain can no longer be controlled with NSAIDS or narcotics, or there is a bone fracture, either of the neck of the femur or the acetabulum. In either case the procedure is necessary.
On the second point, this is the Virginia Foxx threat. Enough said.
For the third point, should Medicare get between you and your doctor?
The point is all this is a distraction. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the ideas or the legitimate debate. It’s a simplistic narrative designed to spark debate about the irrelevant. It’s no wonder the average citizen is confused about health care coverage reform.