Despite the best efforts of the Obama administration, the majority of Americans have figured out by now that Obamacare is a ruse. Through speeches and media reports the Administration continues to give the appearance that they have developed a vibrant and efficient health insurance marketplace, but fewer and fewer are buying the lie.  An April 14th Rasumussen poll found that 58% of voters now view the health care law unfavorably, up from 52% in January.

The latest line out of Washington is that there are 8 million new Obamacare enrollees, not an impressive number considering that at least 6 million Americans lost their insurance as a result of Obamacare and over 30 million still find themselves uninsured four years into health care reform.  On top of that, the New York Post reports 25-30 million could lose their current health insurance when employers in the small group market have to drop policies which no longer comply with Obamacare’s essential benefits package.

Putting aside the issues connected to the disastrous roll-out of the ACA and the broken promises (“If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”), we are now learning that ACA insurance products are not as advertised and are creating a phenomenon which CBS San Francisco describes as “medical homelessness.”

Who are the medical homeless?  They are the new Obamacare exchange enrollees who have health insurance, but cannot find a doctor or hospital to treat them.

Breitbart reports that a NY woman with an Obamacare insurance plan has been dropped by her doctors and cannot obtain medication to treat a neurological disease.  The article also mentions a California man who can’t find a covered dentist within 100 miles of his home.  The problem:  the network of doctors and hospitals which are willing to treat Obamacare patients has not been fully built.

Turns out professional looking graphics and verbiage on a website does not an insurance plan make.  It takes health care providers to administer care and that’s what Obamacare lacks.

But it is not just a matter of networks not being fully built.  There is an effort on the part of the Obamacare architects to make the provider networks purposely restrictive in order to control costs.  Narrow networks mean patients are more likely to go out of network to find care, and thus plans pay a lower cost or no cost at all for treatment.  Additionally, insurance companies have greater leverage over doctors and hospitals in small networks to charge lower rates.

Keeping costs down through restrictive networks is the reason why many Obamacare plans do not include coverage at specialty cancer hospitals despite studies which show people who have received treatment from cancer centers live one year longer, as reported by the New York Post.

Pediatric hospitals are being left off Obamacare provider lists as well.  The National Review reports that Seattle Children’s Hospital is suing the state insurance commissioner over “failure to ensure adequate network coverage” on Washington state’s Obamacare exchange after 200 families were denied care at its facility.

Small provider networks are not the only problem with Obamacare policies.  Consumers are also finding that ACA policies come with exorbitant deductibles.  The New York Post writes,

“First-time insurance purchasers, especially those living paycheck to paycheck, will be shocked by ObamaCare’s high deductibles, about $3,000 for the silver plan (the most commonly selected) and $5,000 for the bronze plan (the most affordable).”

The Post notes that paying thousands before coverage can be accessed and then being denied care due to narrow networks once the deductible is met will not sit well with many of the 8 million Americans now on the Obamacare exchanges.  In fact, insurance industry insiders wonder how many exchange participants will pay their premiums.

So as the Obama administration continues to prop up Obamacare with staged press conferences and large sounding numbers, remember that websites, insurance companies, and even President Obama can not provide health care.  Doctors and hospitals do.

Unless Obamacare can offer reasonably priced insurance policies with a robust list of covered health care providers which have agreed to participate in the plans, Americans will continue to hear the tragic stories of Obamacare victims who can’t find medical care.