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Colossal cost of Cover Oregon prompts lawmaker to call for end to spending ($200M spent/0 Enrolled)
KATU-TV ^ | January 21, 2014 | Chelsa Kopta

Posted on 01/21/2014 10:28:57 AM PST by Zakeet

The On Your Side Investigators revealed the colossal cost of Cover Oregon for the first time Monday and it shows how much of your tax money has been spent on the failed website.

KATU learned Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority collectively spent just shy of $200 million on its Cover Oregon website, which has been plagued with problems for months and still hasn't enrolled a single Oregonian for health insurance since the site launched Oct. 1, 2013.

The state health insurance exchange's top dogs have been back and forth for months, extending the date when the website likely could be fixed. As of last week, Cover Oregon's interim director, Bruce Goldberg, said there's no specific deadline for when the website will be fully operational.

Lawmakers, like Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, are growing impatient.

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"It's an enormous amount of money expended over a couple of years to build a website that doesn't work," Conger told KATU in a Skype interview Monday. "It doesn't make sense to throw good money after bad and just waste that money on something that is ultimately, maybe doomed to fail."

(Excerpt) Read more at katu.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: coveroregon; enrollment; exchanges; obamacare; obamacaresecurity; obamacarewebsite; obamamess; oregon; waste

$200 million spent ... not one person enrolled ... but that doesn't matter because they're wasting federal money instead of state funds!

1 posted on 01/21/2014 10:28:57 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
$200 million flushed down the toilet with a return of ZERO ENROLLED in ObamaMess (ObamaCare).
2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:34:51 AM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Zakeet

“It doesn’t make sense to throw good money after bad and just waste that money on something that is ultimately, maybe doomed to fail.”

You mean like this failing experiement called a,’Representative Republic?’ ;)


3 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:28 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Zakeet

$200 mil for an inoperative website. For that much money I’ll tattoo the ones and zeros to my arm and travel door-to-door. Low bandwidth is better than no bandwidth.


4 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:41 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Zakeet

Politicians NOT spend money? Does not compute........


5 posted on 01/21/2014 10:38:17 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Zakeet
DIMocrats at their best.
6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:38:23 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Salvation

Oregon ping...

Every Republican in the state should be screaming about this.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 10:39:08 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Zakeet

Burn baby burn.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 10:39:59 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Zakeet

Interesting how these articles systematically avoid mention of the contractor paid to do the work, Larry Ellison’s Oracle.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 10:42:43 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Zakeet

This state blew 200 million, the fed gov, all total? 800 million? Other states another total 2-500 million?

And this was the affordable way to insure about 30 million uninsured? Instead about that number have lost their polices?

And our GOPe have proven to be willing conspirators by not stopping this crap?

Has our government sunk so low to waste so much money to cause so much harm, why?

And our GOPe traitors want to legalize the illegals?

Is this a bad dream? Was I transported to some alternate universe?


10 posted on 01/21/2014 10:43:18 AM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: Zakeet

Just think...for that much, they could have trained 200 new MD’s for Oregon, who they could employ for lower than average MD costs as payment for the education like the BIA does for Indian healthcare; typically for 2 to 5 years depending on the loan amount.

But that would involve thinking.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 10:44:14 AM PST by Regulator
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To: Twotone

“Every Republican in the state should be screaming about this.”

Yea. Both of them........


12 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:49 AM PST by saleman
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To: Zakeet

I remember this story too.

former State Legislator Jane Cease. Cease had served 13 years in the State Legislature when she was appointed to run the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). During her tenure, Cease approved spending more than $70 million in cost overruns on a new computer system for the Agency. The system never worked, and the cost ballooned from an original $50 million price tag to $123 million, and was eventually scrapped – a total loss for taxpayers. Despite this epic failure, Cease requested and was given another high-paying government job. Under Oregon law, Ms. Cease’s 13 years in the Legislature will be credited as though she were paid at her highest three-year government salary during that time.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 10:56:21 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You mean like this failing experiment called ‘Democracy’.

Our ‘Representative Republic’, under what was a Constitutional Republic, did quite well until our Socialism veering in the early 1900’s


14 posted on 01/21/2014 10:57:16 AM PST by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: Zakeet

The donkeys are going to put “The Onion” out of business.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 10:59:46 AM PST by Stosh
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To: steve86
"Interesting how these articles systematically avoid mention of the contractor paid to do the work, Larry Ellison’s Oracle."

If true, that's curious....Ellison was (and probably is) a huge backer of Obama.

16 posted on 01/21/2014 11:03:26 AM PST by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: cookcounty

It’s most certainly true.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 11:04:53 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

When a nation dies its leaders always resort to doing the wrong things as often as possible. It is the path to national ruin and has been followed fervently for millennia.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 11:09:05 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Zakeet

Oregon requires a balanced budget every 2 years.
I suspect they will try and push this off till after 2014 and then the 200M bill will show up.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 11:15:39 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Zakeet
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20 posted on 01/21/2014 11:25:37 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

Slush fund for leftist orgs


21 posted on 01/21/2014 11:29:19 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Zakeet
Oregon simply has to offer higher salaries, retirement and benefits, to attract quality individuals to make the websites work properly. They should raise taxes to do this as healthcare is a right for all people, and the government should supply it free.

Like pot.

22 posted on 01/21/2014 11:45:40 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot
Oregon simply has to offer higher salaries, retirement and benefits, to attract quality individuals to make the websites work properly.

The State of Oregon is not doing the design and development work. Private enterprise is.

23 posted on 01/21/2014 11:52:57 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Zathras

HA....balanced budget? They have tricks to get around THAT!


24 posted on 01/21/2014 12:16:23 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: steve86

Oh, but the State of Oregon tells the Private Enterprise what they want, and likely changes it multiple times during development and implementation....they were warned multiple times months ago of the problems....chose not to listen...head of Oregon Exchange recently left...something about “health” and then resignation....this was a slush fund for the “Governor”


25 posted on 01/21/2014 12:18:29 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Zakeet

$200mm and no enrollments. Wow, who did their software? Who did they know?

The reward/results ratio here is even more ridiculous than for CGI, who until recently was responsible for healthcare.gov.


26 posted on 01/21/2014 12:55:08 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: showme_the_Glory

AND the the 300 or so state cars that were lost when Mill Creek flooded because the company that they hired didn’t get to the state parking lot in time to move all of the cars when they knew several days ahead of time that there would be flooding. They sat at their desks and watched it happen. Then they went out and bought new cars.


27 posted on 01/21/2014 12:56:11 PM PST by doc maverick
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To: goodnesswins
Although change orders can have a lot to do with software delays, they didn't in this particular implementation (not true for federal database).

From the Lund Report, which I have followed closely, regarding the Oregon Exchange:

The biggest reason Cover Oregon’s website lags behind is because Oracle didn’t meet its deadline and should have begun testing last May, rather than delaying until this summer when it was too late to resolve the problems it encountered, King said. Oracle has been paid handsomely by Cover Oregon for its consulting and software development. It’s received $43.2 million this year – accounting for $11.1 for hardware, $9.5 million for software and $22.6 million for consulting.

“The scope of the project, bringing Medicaid, Healthy Kids, commercial and the SHOP program has been a lot more complex and challenging than everyone thought,” King said. “And some of the initial work done by Oracle wasn’t done to the level of quality that was needed to do testing early enough to find out where the problems were.”


28 posted on 01/21/2014 1:43:39 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: ThomasMore
DIMocRATs
29 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:26 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: steve86

Wonder who at Oracle is Kitz’s lackey?


30 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:26 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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Cover Oregon: Health exchange failure predicted, but tech watchdogs’ warnings fell on deaf ears

http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2014/01/cover_oregon_health_exchange_f.html#incart_hbx#incart_best-of


31 posted on 01/21/2014 1:52:57 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: cookcounty; steve86

Steve 86 is correct.

Oracle is the main loser in the Oregon plan.

Go to the link below and go down the list about 5 links to see Oracle’s criminal or inept behavior here.

http://search.comcast.net/?cat=web&con=betac&q=Oracle+and+Oregon+Affordable+Care+Site


32 posted on 01/21/2014 4:53:18 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Navy Patriot

“Like pot.”

Like medical marijuana for self inflicted mental depression and realization that if you got a paycheck for this fiasco, you are a true loser in life.

Then, your only chance is to go into politics as a rat. Act like our president, use pot and talk a great game lie at all times.


33 posted on 01/21/2014 5:02:10 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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