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's overwhelming, the pain of it. In the last couple of years, its gotten really hard to walk.>> 61-year-old Richard Murphy was told by doctors years ago that he had no cartilage left in his right hip. But Murphy has no health insurance and the replacement surgery he needs cost an average of $36,000.
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One of the only options for Murphy was the humanitarian organization, Operation Walk USA.>> Just to have the basic right of good healthcare, it's a no brainer. It should be just part of the plan.>> Just go ahead and lie down with your head over where you're->> Since 2010, Operation Walk has performed 702 free hip and knee replacement surgeries valued at $18.9 million.
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The motion is much more limited. What Operation Walk tries to do is to fill the gaps in our current health care system and to provide care for people who need it. It doesn't cross this way.>> Maybe one in four people who would benefit from a hip or a knee replacement will actually have the surgery in a timely fashion.
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Now that we have more high deductible health plans, there are patients who are having elective surgeries and cost them several thousand dollars out of pocket, and they may not have that money. So interestingly, we're seeing patients reaching out to Operation Walk who actually have insurance that will cover their care, but they can't afford the $5,000 deductible.
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>> Pulses are nice and strong.>> Without Operation Walk, I really think that I'd still be suffering for probably the next five or six years of my life. And then I would have taken a shot then with Medicare or whatever, if I had even would have been able to qualify.
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But the way things are going in Washington, even with that, I might not have had a shot anyway.>> Arthritic disease affects over 21% of the U.S. population. But without affordable insurance, many Americans will continue to live in pain.>> It's like hitting the Powerball, getting hit by lightening, and eaten by a shark in the same day, check out the odds of what that is.
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So yeah, I'm ecstatic, this is probably as ecstatic as I get now, but yeah, I'm psyched.