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CBS: Medical Homelessness, Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor

ConsumerWatch: 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.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Not surprising

I talked to a friend who just signed up. He says now he's paying $270 per month basically for nothing. His new insurance has a $5K deductible, and has not yet covered anything he's wanted to see a doctor for.

But he's paying $270 per month. So this does not surprise me at all.

I just went through this with

I just went through this with a friend of mine, who actually supported this nonsense. Let me explain. The President and ACA supporters never said that people who signed-up for the ACA would actually receive Health/Medical care. The only thing said was that they(the people who signed-up) would have Health Insurance. Your friend has insurance, does he/she not? Therefore the ACA has lived-up to the claims of the President and the other ACA supporters.

From my perspective the ACA was created to separate the poor and lower middle class from the little money which they have; because now they(the poor and lower middle class) are paying for something which they were, basically, getting for free before.

The insurance companies are

happy for now.
It won't last long.