April 19, 2014

Oh look! People have ObamaCare, but no doctor! Unexpectedly [Darleen Click]

And they call it, “medical homelessness”

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. […]

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. […]

Experts said the magnitude of the problem is growing, and will soon be felt by all Californians. But those on the front lines, like the free clinic, are feeling it first.

More than 3 million Californians are newly insured. At the same time, a third of our primary care doctors are set to retire.

So, it will be interesting to see if certain Leftist apparatchiks extolling the virtues of cheap, accessible medical care under ObamaCare have anything substantive to say …

But I won’t hold my breath.

Posted by Darleen @ 12:05pm

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Comments (30)

  1. – In many cases it probably doesn’t matter because a number of illnesses, including some of the most common such as certain types of diabetes, are not covered anyway. That went away when the requirement for pre-existing coverage was made mandatory. Insurers simply dropped coverages that were high risk and costly, so in effect they avoid pre-existing after all.

    – The entire healthcare boondoggle is a socialist scam.

  2. So, it will be interesting to see if certain Leftist apparatchiks extolling the virtues of cheap, accessible medical care under ObamaCare have anything substantive to say

    I expect the next villain du jour to be “for-profit healthcare”, followed by calls for an American Health Service…

  3. This country is fucked.

  4. it will be interesting to see if certain Leftist apparatchiks extolling the virtues of cheap, accessible medical care under ObamaCare have anything substantive to say …

    “Doctors should be mandated by law to accept Obamacare policies,” is what they’ll say.

    Because there’s no complex problem so knotty that it can’t be solve by making it even more knottier.

  5. Stories like this have no effect on leftist polemicists beyond mild irritation. They are incidentals to the greater scheme, easily worked out compared to the great project at hand.

    Your resistance, your noticing it, talking about is irritant too but that is all.

  6. why does that stupid momo lady keep paying $200 a month for no services?

    she must be fucking retarded

  7. Meanwhile in Venezuela, women line up to give birth: https://twitter.com/ajrodney/status/457592001999798272

  8. Also from Venezuela

    • Socialism — Where you line up for flour.
    • Capitalism — Where flour lines up for you.

    BTW, that very package of flour (white corn flour) can be bought in most grocery stores here in the U.S. If you know how to make arepas (thick tortillas, popular in Colombia and Vzla), that’s what you use.

    I talked to a Venezuelan a few weeks ago who had been in his country only a month prior. I asked him whether he thought the opposition would triumph and he says they will.

    I hope he’s right. He also noted that Maduro is an illiterate, foul-mouthed creep, actually a Colombian (which is illegal for their presidency, too), and that the poor support him and Chávez because they give them stuff. Other Latinos who’ve heard him speak think he’s a pig, too.

    Apparently, gasoline in Venezuela is less than a penny per gallon (or maybe liter) but that hasn’t prevented the food shortages. Or propane shortages.


    When I was on my mission in Colombia, one of my Colombian companions pointed to a display in a bookstore and observed that the author of the featured book was totally famous. I nodded, thinking, “famous here, maybe, but not famous famous.”

    The book? Amor en tiempos de cólera, (Love In Times of Cholera) by Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away a few days ago. He fully deserved his Nobel Prize in Literature; his use of Magical Realism (along with the work of Argentine Julio Cortázar) defined the genre.

    I highly recommend 100 Years of Solitude, which was a favorite of mine for years (until I reread it a few years back and decided that the characters were to sick for me to find them worth reading about).

    Just read the first few chapters of the novel, until all the names get confusing, and then you can stop — nothing interesting happens after that. :-)

  9. Also, David Thompson posts an ancient Japanese illustration of a Twitter spat. #anachronismHELL

  10. You have GOT to check this out. <— I hate that locution. But must check it out sounds too imperative. If you like, Harry Reid’s Facebook page where each bullshit entry is followed by a stream of comments contrary, each link a precious little gem worth clicking, mush like smarty pants children having none of it. None. I am cheered and I want you cheered too.

  11. geez bour3 harry has his own terrorists

  12. From the comments in TaiChiWawa’s linky above: debate at the highest level.


  13. Also, the comment thread’s winner..

    The judges of these tournaments tend to be experienced debators or coaches

    The judges appear to be white-guilt-ridden academics, steeped in grievance theory, who are over-the-top giddy at the sight of black debaters with their “distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis.”

    They are so desperate to bring diversity to debate that they believe they must lower the standards and allow participants to rap, curse and ignore the rules.

    That’s obviously a raciss comment, of course.

    We’ll never see debate debauchery of this kind happening outside the confines of encapsulated academia; really, it’s impossible that it could percolate outside those hallowed walls, into our society at large.


  14. Prior video was from a debate occurred 2013.

    2014 CEDA debate finals: there are improvements!

  15. Tourette’s is a debate tactic now?

  16. TaiChiWaWa & serr8d

    WTF? “Alternative debate style”??????

    Ok, so gimme an A for my “alternative math style” where I don’t actually solve a quadratic equation, I just break up some furniture & deem Algebra a white system of privilege …

    we are so fucked

  17. we are so fucked

    – I humbly say onto you, forsooth, we have always been “fucked”. It just varies greatly from time to time, and along with it how much chagrin and angst we feel about the situation at hand, or so I’ve observed from about the age of 6.

    – Presently we have entered the age of Aquarius for real, which means flower children, hippies, beatniks, and every other form of social misfit is having their day in the sun.

    – But fret not. This too shall pass, and not all that long from now, just as soon as the weight of all the past due bills become too much for the reality challenged community to plaster over with their make believe Utopia and golden butterfly shitting unicorns, all orchestrated by the Progressive brain dead gaggle, headed up by his most excellent Technicolor great coat potentate, Waffle ears, his half black-ass self.

  18. – And speaking of angst, the NY MLB cabal just reversed a call on the field and took a run away from San Diego, because the NY scumbags love them some Frisco morons and hate on SD.

    – All in all they’re welcome to their manipulative bullshit because they have to live as Progressive morons in that hell hole.

  19. While some doctors are dropping new Medicare patients, it stakes about 4 months (at a minimum) for a doctor to get “credentialed” by Medicare contractors before they can participate at a new practice or site. I opened my doors 7 weeks ago but can’t expect Medicare approval until June. So while established doctors are dropping Obamacare, anyone new who wants to see those patients can’t for up to 4 months. Welcome to Government Medicine.

  20. epador

    my sect 8 tenant now needs an “occupancy permit” after 6 years. going galt. going to ignore.

  21. @havel @page 37

    >Everyone, however, is in fact involved and enslaved, not only the
    greengrocers but also the prime ministers. Differing positions in the
    hierarchy merely establish differing degrees of involvement: the
    greengrocer is involved only to a minor extent, but he also has very
    little power. The prime minister, naturally, has greater power, but in
    return he is far more deeply involved. Both, however, are unfree,
    each merely in a somewhat different way. The real accomplice in this
    involvement, therefore, is not another person, but the system itself.
    Position in the power hierarchy determines the degree of responsibility
    and guilt, but it gives no one unlimited responsibility and
    guilt, nor does it completely absolve anyone. Thus the conflict
    between the aims of life and the aims of the system is not a conflict
    between two socially defined and separate communities; and only a
    very generalized view (and even that only approximative) permits us
    to divide society into the rulers and the ruled. Here, by the way, is
    one of the most important differences between the post-totalitarian
    system and classical dictatorships, in which this line of conflict can
    still be drawn according to social class. In the post-totalitarian
    system, this line runs de/acto through each person, for everyone in
    his or her own way is both a victim and a supporter of the system.
    What we understand by the system is not, therefore, a social order
    imposed by one group upon another, but rather something which
    permeates the entire society and is a factor in shaping it, something
    which may seem impossible to grasp or define (for it is in the nature
    of a mere principle), but which is expressed by the entire society as
    an important feature of its life.<

  22. @havel page 39

    >Let us now imagine that one day something in our greengrocer snaps
    and he stops putting up the slogans merely to ingratiate himself. He
    stops voting in elections he knows are a farce. He begins to say what
    he really thinks at political meetings. And he even finds the strength
    in himself to express solidarity with those whom his conscience
    commands him to support. In this revolt the greengrocer steps out of
    living within the lie. He rejects the ritual and breaks the rules of the
    game. He discovers once more his suppressed identity and dignity.
    He gives his freedom a concrete significance. His revolt is an attempt
    to live within the truth.<

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  24. That link from my site quotes from BBH’s comment at 03:04 PM.

  25. Just think, those “debaters” are employing the same reasoning style that we see daily, in news bites and speeches from the elites in DC. They, the students, are just more flamboyant and “out” about what they are doing than the DC elders are so far, mostly. But DC is coming on strong lately.

  26. my sect 8 tenant now needs an “occupancy permit” after 6 years. going galt. going to ignore.

    Nr, what is the name of that fee/tax the city charges for having a job? An Opportunity Tax or some such? It was $10 twenty years ago. It used to piss me off every year. Pennsylvania: Land of the Petty Bureaucrat.

  27. I believe you’re referring to the Occupational Privilege Tax. It was renamed the “Emergency and Municipal Services Tax,” which was then renamed the “Local Services Tax.”

    The avalanche of nickel-and-time bullshit taxes is not the thing I miss most about PA. The thing that always impressed me the most was the Commonwealth’s approach to road reconstruction. To wit: put up a sign saying “Rough Road Next 12 Miles.”

  28. Ah! Thanks, Squid. I was close.

    I always found that road construction was contingent on how close the Alderman was to someone’s Uncle Guido.