Skip to comments.Bust: Oregon Abandoning Failed $300 Million Obamacare Website
Posted on 04/25/2014 4:55:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
Of all the Obamacare exchange horror stories -- and there have been plenty -- Oregon takes the cake. After months of abject failure, serious evidence of criminal fraud, and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars flushed away, the state will announce that it is abandoning its exchange in favor of the federal Healthcare.gov platform. Oregon's website was supposed to be ready for the open enrollment period, starting on October 1, 2013. It never launched, and now it never will. The Washington Post reports:
The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregons broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix. In public, the board overseeing Cover Oregon is scheduled to vote Friday whether to join the federal insurance marketplace that already sells health plans in most of the country under the Affordable Care Act. Behind the scenes, the officials say, federal and Oregon officials already have privately agreed that closing down the system is the best path to rescue the state marketplace, the countrys only one to fail so spectacularly that no residents have been able to sign up for coverage online since it opened early last fall. The collapse of Oregons insurance marketplace comes as federal health officials are also focusing intensely on faltering exchanges in two other states, including Maryland.
Oregon and Maryland are controlled by pro-Obamacare Democrats. This is an embarrassing sound byte, in retrospect:
Its going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. (Applause.) President Barack Obama, Sept. 26, 2013
Here's a WaPo story from last May explaining why Oregon "may be the White House's favorite health exchange." Oops. But even that's not quite as embarrassing as those hippie-dippy, taxpayer-financed ads promoting a website that would never be functional:
So, exactly HOW MUCH federal taxpayer money was FLUSHED on Oregon's FAILED Obamacare exchange? This much --> pic.twitter.com/kjHUuoOaus Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 24, 2014
Elsewhere in the Obamacare "winning streak," the Wall Street Journal reports on how small businesses are wrestling with the new law. One pull quote: Employers have begun restructuring their businesses, reducing their employees' hours, for example, or trimming their total head counts to fewer than 50 full-time workers. We've been writing about the additional bouts of yet-to-come coverage cancellations for months; in addition to impending turmoil within the small group market, Americans on so-called "fixed benefit" plans are also about to experience Democrats' "lie of the year" firsthand. I'll leave you with this:
LOL! Glad to see my tax money is hard at work.
Perhaps the British could send the Churchill sculpture to Portland; then there would be two busts in Oregon.
$300 million bucks down the tubes
Whose going to prison? Who is fired?
Sooooo....where did the money go? Are the taxpayers going to get their money back?
The timing is curious and the board may well be in violation of their fiduciary duty. Is there not a lawsuit making its way to SCOTUS to deny the subsidy to non-state-run exchanges? OTOH, Oracle Corp built the Oregon exchange, did it not? If any company in America has the wherewithal to fix the site it would be them - and on their nickel. UNLESS the fail is due to spec changes and requirements set by the board that resulted in the mess and Oracle’s contract covers their, uh, ass-ets. So the board could be heading towards the worst of both worlds.
The private sector would never urinate away money like this. Obamacare must be repealed before its full harm is felt by our nation.
Does that mean that, since Oregon doesn’t have a state exchange, Oregon won’t have federal subsidies in accordance with the “Affordable” Care Act?
$300 million couldn’t have gone for the commercials, could it?
lol! When they showed a clip of this tv ad on Fox News months ago, one of the commentators described it as a creepy child-molestor video.
And the American taxpayers get bent over yet again by the "most transparent" Kenyan.
Hopefully this can help defeat the rat Governor.
How many schools could have been built for $300 millions?
How many roads improved?
How many scholarships for children from low income families
YES....Kitz haberdashery (lol...that’s how my phone insists I spell the governors name) ..
We will see how bad voter fraud is in November...This state has been run into the ground by dems for past 30 years...time for change
$300,000,000.00 stolen by LIBs/DIMs. This could have funded how many college scholarships for “disadvantaged” youths? How many homeless blind people could have been “helped”? ...and so forth. These LIBs/DIMs are criminals who hate the people. They need a taste of justice.
I bet no one to both questions
You’re trying to be funny, aren’t you? The tax payers getting their money back? Bwahahahaha
I forgot the sarcasm tag.
It wont happen again
(hangs head in shame)
To put this in perspective, one could build 3 large high schools with $300 million.