Insurance gets to approve or deny procedures every day that they deem experimental or too costly.

The government will do the exact same thing. Additionally, now with the proposed cuts to Medicare to help finance this whopper of a bill, the government is basically seeking to marginalize the individuals that are non-contributors to their revenues. Face it. It comes down to revenue and expenditures. If you don't help finance the government (aren't a producer), regardless that you were basically helped to finance their operations for 25, 30, or more years, they really don't give much of a hoot about you. I believe the president even laid this concept out himself where he said it would be just fine if that person existed on pain pills instead of having a knee or hip replacement (I don't recall which) and enjoying a greater quality of life. Perhaps the insurance companies do this more often that I realize too, but I've never heard my parents or elderly relatives (on Medicare Advantage) have any problem getting the procedures they needed. Maybe all of that was in the cards all along for Medicare recipients, but now their intentions have been made apparent. There has to be a better way.

Kind Regards,

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. - Aldous Huxley

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. - Thomas Jefferson