Obama voters in San Francsico area complain that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor

Mountain View, California, is part of the San Francisco area, where Obama won both elections by a huge percentage. Obama voters in this area are complaining that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor. KPIX, the CBS affiliate of San Francsco, reports:

Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor

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.

 

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April 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics.

2 Comments

  1. Eaglesglen replied:

    What does Obama say about this?
    Obama to refund of all money spent over the period of time the purchasers do not receive the goods and services they purchased?

  2. Constitution Believer replied:

    Well i don’t know about San Francisco but here in Toledo it has gotten sickening.
    Many doctors are starting to retaliate Obamacare at the sacrifice of the patient.
    We have to “WAIT” up to three months to see any doctor. I have to wait 6 MONTHS to see my cardiologist. When I asked why so long I finally got “ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO LOWER THE RESTRICTIONS”. Now I don’t know if she was just bullschitting or what but today it was confirmed when I was referred to an allergy doctor and was told they have an opening on September 11, that is my birthday and a very special day for America and I am not going to be spending my day waiting in an office that only sees 12 patients a day.
    You heard me right 12 patients a day.
    I guess Obozo does want us old farts to croak just to save him some money…but when we go that is just that much less taxes he can collect meaning sooner or later the leaches on welfare are going to have to get a job or start mugging more working people.

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