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GAO to audit Oregonís failed ObamaCare exchange site
Hotair ^ | 03/11/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham

Posted on 03/11/2014 7:31:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The list of state ObamaCare exchange "successes" expands. Earlier today, word was the feds were looking into Maryland.

Also, Oregon is in even worse shape than Maryland, despite spending $300 million. THREE HUNDRED MILLION. The state had its chance to audit and apparently just pretended to. That staggering figure and correspondingly staggering failure has even the state’s ObamaCare-supporting senators asking for an investigation:

Congress’s investigative arm said Wednesday it will audit Oregon’s broken healthcare exchange site, which has yet to enroll even one person despite spending $304 million in federal funds.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a letter to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) it would look into how the funds were spent, and whether that money could be recovered from third-party contractors, among other things.

The GAO letter was in response to a request sent last month by Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), both of whom are ObamaCare supporters. The senators noted their frustration with their home-state’s exchange in their request for a GAO investigation.

Four Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), sent a similar request to the agency last month.

“It is great news that the GAO has responded to our request to carefully examine what has gone wrong with the Cover Oregon website,” Merkley told The Hill in a statement. “I look forward to reading their recommendations about how to fix the system and avoid this happening in the future.”

The state has been relying on paper applications and gotten a fair number of them, but uh oh:

The Cover Oregon health insurance exchange is one of the worst in the country at attracting younger enrollees, according to a new federal report.

Only 18 percent of those who’ve enrolled through the Oregon exchange fall between the ages of 18-34, a healthier age bracket considered crucial to keeping future premiums down. The age-related data for Oregon is available for the first time.

The Oregon number, which ties with West Virginia as the nation’s worst, falls well below the national average of 25 percent. Exchange officials and insurers had expected a higher portion of enrollees would be young, and premiums were set accordingly.

Cover Oregon had gone out of its way to attract the young, spending millions on television and radio ads that featured Oregon musicians such as Laura Gibson and the hip hop band Lifesavas. A Washington Post reporter observed that the ads “seriously could have been pulled straight out of Portlandia.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: exchange; gao; obamacare; oregon

1 posted on 03/11/2014 7:31:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Has Oregon culled the over 4,000 illegal aliens who signed up for their exchange yet?


2 posted on 03/11/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure the “investigation” will find nothing and all is just fine.


3 posted on 03/11/2014 7:46:07 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, it must be time to roll this out in all 57 states.

It’s the thought that counts. Good intentions. That’s all we really need. Nothing has to actually work.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 7:51:36 PM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rather than waste a GAO investigation maybe the two dumbass Oregon liberals that voted for Obamacare can look in the mirror and save us a lot of money.


5 posted on 03/11/2014 7:58:45 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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