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Bust: Oregon Abandoning Failed $300 Million Obamacare Website
Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Guy Benson

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 Oregon’s 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 country’s 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 Oregon’s 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:

“It’s 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:


You spent millions on that commercial, America. Congrats. Phil Kerpen surveys Cover Oregon's damage to taxpayers:


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:


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare
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1 posted on 04/25/2014 4:55:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

LOL! Glad to see my tax money is hard at work.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 4:58:09 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps the British could send the Churchill sculpture to Portland; then there would be two busts in Oregon.


3 posted on 04/25/2014 4:58:17 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Kaslin

$300 million bucks down the tubes

Whose going to prison? Who is fired?


4 posted on 04/25/2014 4:59:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

Sooooo....where did the money go? Are the taxpayers going to get their money back?


5 posted on 04/25/2014 5:08:12 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Kaslin

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.


6 posted on 04/25/2014 5:12:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: Kaslin

The private sector would never urinate away money like this. Obamacare must be repealed before its full harm is felt by our nation.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 5:12:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Kaslin

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?


8 posted on 04/25/2014 5:15:02 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: GeronL

9 posted on 04/25/2014 5:18:13 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

$300 million couldn’t have gone for the commercials, could it?


10 posted on 04/25/2014 5:22:19 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: nascarnation

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.


11 posted on 04/25/2014 5:27:29 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: Kaslin
And not a single person responsible will spend a day in prison or pay a nickel in fines. Not one. There will be no investigations, no indictments, no follow-ups, no trial, no nothing.

And the American taxpayers get bent over yet again by the "most transparent" Kenyan.

12 posted on 04/25/2014 5:35:05 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Kaslin

Hopefully this can help defeat the rat Governor.


13 posted on 04/25/2014 5:38:33 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kaslin

How many schools could have been built for $300 millions?
How many roads improved?
How many scholarships for children from low income families
in Oregon.


14 posted on 04/25/2014 5:44:57 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Impy

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


15 posted on 04/25/2014 5:49:48 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: goodnesswins

$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.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 6:21:14 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: GeronL

I bet no one to both questions


17 posted on 04/25/2014 6:21:25 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: lowbridge

You’re trying to be funny, aren’t you? The tax payers getting their money back? Bwahahahaha


18 posted on 04/25/2014 6:24:22 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I forgot the sarcasm tag.

It wont happen again

(hangs head in shame)


19 posted on 04/25/2014 7:14:54 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Kaslin

To put this in perspective, one could build 3 large high schools with $300 million.


20 posted on 04/25/2014 8:02:33 PM PDT by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: proudpapa

What? $100 million PER high school? You’re joking, right?


21 posted on 04/25/2014 8:54:51 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: lowbridge
Sooooo....where did the money go?

Most of it went to Larry Ellison, Oracle Corporation.

22 posted on 04/25/2014 8:58:33 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: steve86

In addition to stupid commercials. But Oracle Consulting had the contract for the database development and integration work.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 9:00:35 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: steve86
1-Mil for the stupid site, and 299-mil in the pocket. What a deal.
And all legally protected by the Feds.
24 posted on 04/25/2014 9:07:20 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Kaslin
Cover Oregon (spoof ad).
25 posted on 04/25/2014 10:26:03 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Lizavetta
And not a single person responsible will spend a day in prison or pay a nickel in fines. Not one. There will be no investigations, no indictments, no follow-ups, no trial, no nothing.

A few have resigned, probably will collect pensions till they die, but the main guy in charge, our doctor governor, is running for reelection!!!!! and probably will win, Oregonians are so stupid, well the city dwellers are stupid.

26 posted on 04/26/2014 6:47:24 AM PDT by thirst4truth (Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.)
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To: hal ogen
They gave it out in food stamps and unemployment. Oregon won an award last year or so for signing the most people up for food stamps, yesterday I heard that they also are tops in the nation for the unemployed collecting unemployment checks, spending less hours than any other state looking for a job.

They also passed a law, the voters not the legislature, a few years back to tax gross profits of big companies 1% of their GROSS income!! Its punishment you see, cause its not fair.

27 posted on 04/26/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT by thirst4truth (Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.)
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To: thirst4truth
oregon...the stupid LIB state. Not to be confused with maryland... THE Freak state.
28 posted on 04/26/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin
Hippie-dippy ads may turn people off but catastrophic failures result from lack of adequately defined requirements; small businesses . . . wrestling with the [erratic] new law are not the only ones.

Failure to provide the system developers with adequate and reasonably stable requirements is no doubt attributable to "on the fly" regulatory changes made by the Obama administration. The blame is on the antics of Obama Jivethon Lying Circus troupe

29 posted on 04/26/2014 8:47:15 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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