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Some Covered California Patients Say They Canít See A Doctor [Obama voters complain about Obamacare]
CBS San Francisco KPIX ^ | April 18, 2014

Posted on 04/19/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT by grundle

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”

Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand.

Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic.

But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, “said Nguyen.

Thinn Ong was thrilled to qualify for a subsidy on the health care exchange. She is paying $200 a month in premiums. But the single mother of two is asking, what for?

“Yeah, I sign it. I got it. But where’s my doctor? Who’s my doctor? I don’t know,” said a frustrated Ong.

Nguyen said the newly insured patients checked the physicians’ lists they were provided and were told they weren’t accepting new patients or they did not participate in the plan.

And Nguyen says – while the free clinic isn’t technically supposed to be treating former patents they signed up for insurance, they can’t in good faith turn them away.

Dr. Kevin Grumbach of UCSF called the phenomenon “medical homelessness,” where patients are caught adrift in a system woefully short of primary care doctors.

Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.

Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments.

“What good is coverage if you can’t use it?” Nguyen said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; doctorshortage; everheardofkeywords; everheardoftopics; obama; obamacare; obamalies
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This is part of the San Francisco area, where Obama won both elections by a huge percentage. Obama voters are complaining that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor.
1 posted on 04/19/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
“What good is coverage if you can’t use it?” Nguyen said.

what good is taxation without representation???

2 posted on 04/19/2014 9:43:28 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: grundle

Show them a pic of Bammy and declare them cured.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 9:50:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grundle

I knew this was coming as soon as they announced the ACA. Many doctors wouldn’t participate and/or would close their practices. Since so many providers are already close to overload, they’d quickly fill up (or even reduce the number of patients they’d be willing to put on their list). On top of that, the ACA was already not going to even try to include all providers; patients were going to get significantly-truncated lists of providers to choose from, and there were many reports that patients wouldn’t be allowed to go as far afield to locate one either (more limited coverage area).

Now it’s starting. These are just the first reports, and more are on the way.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 9:53:08 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Nachum

List ping.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:10 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: grundle
Obama voters are complaining that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor.

Well what do you want for nothing, a rubber biscuit?

6 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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7 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:58 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Little Pig
Now it’s starting.

No problem. Have the government require the docs to serve everyone. If they try to retire, confiscate their savings and investments.

8 posted on 04/19/2014 9:56:22 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: grundle
Obama voters are complaining that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor.

Maybe they should pay twice as much, so they can get twice as less doctors...

9 posted on 04/19/2014 9:59:26 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Jeff Chandler

I laugh at all LIB/DIM supporters who have such problems. Death panels may soon have you on their lists. Bwahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 10:00:27 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: grundle

These dumb obamadroids are discovering that having health insurance does not mean you are going to get health CARE!


11 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:23 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: grundle

Why the complaining? They’re insured, and that’s all that matters.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:47 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Little Pig

Yes, it’s country wide and it will be a major problem for years to come. Unless major changes are made, it will be the destruction of our Health Care system..as fragile as it is anyway. The good part is that many Doctors are getting out of the Medicaid/Medicare business and may still make it but that is not good news for patients.

The overall result is loss of Doctors, loss of Hospitals, loss of care... So this grand law will have the effect of giving insurance to 20 million or so and taking away the health care of 60 million...great idea these Democrats had.
What good if insurance if no Doctors or Hospitals will take it?

Healthcare is not insurance, it is Doctor’s care that is required, the Democrats do not seem to know the difference!


13 posted on 04/19/2014 10:02:14 PM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: grundle

But but but!!!! The rich people were supposed to pay!!!!! And the rest was going to come from Obama’s stash


14 posted on 04/19/2014 10:04:59 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: grundle

They should have stayed with state Medicaid. Paying a premium for non-existent health care coverage is for suckers.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 10:06:30 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: lurk

They figured on getting something for nothing. Instead they are getting nothing


16 posted on 04/19/2014 10:06:47 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I thought Jeff Chandler is dead.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 10:08:08 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: goldstategop

Not many doctors accept new Medicaid patients.
Even Medicare patients have trouble finding new doctors.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 10:09:26 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: grundle
I have Leftist family members complaining ‘this ISN'T AFFORDABLE’. I usually say ‘this is what you voted for.......no wait, you voted for everybody else to pay for your medical care, didn't you?’? I am TRULY FED UP with Leftist whiners. I warned them they wouldn't be getting the medical care that they were accustomed to........they just wanted somebody else to be responsible. Can someone cue the world's tiniest violin??
19 posted on 04/19/2014 10:09:36 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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Obamacare sucks as do the insurance execs and boards that also betrayed the nation in cooperating with socialism.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 10:09:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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