Still no ObamaCare enrollments through Oregon’s exchange

posted at 4:01 pm on October 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Oregon was plenty enthusiastic about helping out the administration by taking on the task to build their own ObamaCare exchange, and they made sure there was a lot of buildup in the months approaching the enrollment period. You don’t have to take my word for it:

Ahem.

Anyhow. While a handful of individual state exchanges have been faring somewhat better than their federal equivalent, it seems that Oregon’s exchange is plagued with similar issues that have so far prohibited anyone from actually enrolling. Via OregonLive:

Officials for Oregon’s health insurance exchange on Thursday reported some progress, but acknowledged a major fix to the problem-plagued site may not happen this month as hoped. The website still has not enrolled anyone. …

Spokesman Michael Cox said that timeline is now a goal, rather than an expectation. “We’re not going to rush out a system that we are not satisfied with.”

The latest update on timing of the fix — arguably the biggest facing coveroregon.com — comes after the site initially was supposed to let consumers enroll themselves beginning Oct. 1. That was changed to letting only insurance agents and application assisters enroll people through the site. Then the state announced that plan, too, would be postponed, but that the problem preventing agents from enrolling clients likely would be fixed by the end of October. …

As of Wednesday, Cover Oregon has processed 34 paper applications to determine if people were eligible for financial assistance. These applications were not processed by the website, but by hand starting Oct. 15.

“We’re not going to rush out a system we are not satisfied with.” Huh. Good advice, right?


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It must be the Messaging…

Electrongod on October 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

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Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

So you’re saying all those people eligible for Medicaid aren’t rushing out to pay thousands of dollars a year for insurance?
 
Gosh. But that’s how it’s supposed to work though, right red_herring?

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

So sick of these commercials here in Oregon.

0 sign ups? What an utter failure.

portlandon on October 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

But … but … but .. Cartoons! Guitars! Lesbians! Wings!

Pork-Chop on October 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I have been told multiple times that the problem is because of the lack of state exchanges in states with Republican governors. Oregon has a Republican governor.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

But … but … but .. Cartoons! Guitars! Lesbians! Wings!

Pork-Chop on October 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

What if all of this isn’t because people haven’t been able to use the system, but because people weren’t clamoring for this coverage in the first place? There simply weren’t 50 million desperate people out there.

When they tried the insurance pool for people with preexisting conditions, they expected a flood of applications. This was one of the groups that everyone seemed to agree had a real problem: they were sick but no one would cover them. Instead of a flood of applicants, the system collapsed when almost no one signed up for it. The demand was an illusion that evaporated when they needed actual people to actually sign on the dotted line.

Looks to me like that might be true of all of the underlying assumptions for the ACA in general as well.

At the end of the day, it might be simply a back door way of increasing the Medicaid rolls.

HakerA on October 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Above s/b in quotes.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

I have been told multiple times that the problem is because of the lack of state exchanges in states with Republican governors. Oregon has a Republican governor.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I think you mean they have a Democrat governor. Republican Chris Dudley(yes, the former NBA player) nearly won in 2010, but John Kitzhaber was elected.

Doughboy on October 25, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I didn’t see any unicorns in those commercials.

tommer74 on October 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Of course the exchanges aren’t working, the adds don’t have any unicorns.

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’m trying to remember all the times a Liberal called me stupid for prediciting this…
… now they’re telling me that hindsight is 20/20.

mjbrooks3 on October 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

When they tried the insurance pool for people with preexisting conditions, they expected a flood of applications. This was one of the groups that everyone seemed to agree had a real problem: they were sick but no one would cover them. Instead of a flood of applicants, the system collapsed when almost no one signed up for it. The demand was an illusion that evaporated when they needed actual people to actually sign on the dotted line.
 
HakerA on October 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

 
+1
 
For the record, only 107,000 people with preexisting conditions signed up.
 
Out of a country of 314,000,000, that’s 3/100ths of 1% of the US population.
 
Let’s write that again.
 
3/100ths.
 
Of one percent.

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Ducks and Beavs are kickin’ butt, the ads are giving half the state free flashbacks, and it’s been a glorious October.

Bonus: None of our citizens are yet enrolled in this debacle.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I’m trying to remember all the times a Liberal called me stupid for prediciting this…
… now they’re telling me that hindsight is 20/20.

mjbrooks3 on October 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Tell them that foresight is “2010″ and then watch it fly right over their heads.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Apparently no one ever gets sick in Oregon, so why would anyone need insurance.

chewmeister on October 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

And progressives are celebrating Oregon! Only in Obama’s america could more people on Medicaid be considered victory!

rob verdi on October 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

3/100ths.

Of one percent.

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Please copy this to every obama’care’ thread. Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Whaddaya expect from a state where people cannot pump their own freakin’ gas? I’d be shocked if anyone from Joisey signed up either. ///sarc

fortcoins on October 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Dan Mangan ‏@_DanMangan 11m

8,000 people Washington State #Obamacare exchange have incorrect subsidies as result of tech glitch

sentinelrules on October 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Spokesman Michael Cox said that timeline is now a goal, rather than an expectation.

If it can’t be expected then it’s not a goal, either. These leftists aren’t very big on English. Barky, at least, has the excuse that he was raised in Indonesia, schooled in Bahasa, and is a mind-numbing retard, anyway. For these American leftists, though … they only have the “retard” option. I can’t wait to see how they actually handle the health care that they’ve un-Constitutionally taken control of. That should really be something. I hope there are enough people left alive so that we can put on a farcical national socialized BarkyCare dance routine to open the 2032 Olympics in Detroit. The NHS really won me over with their Monty Python skit for the London Olympics. That was just waaaay cool.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

War on women.

Republicans pushing wheel chaired gramma off a cliff.

Bush hates black people.

We need to pass the law to see what’s in it.

patman77 on October 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Hey, don’t forget we won extra cash from the feds for signing up more people onto food stamps! (aka oregon trail card, modern pioneers doncha know)

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/09/29/oregon-food-stamp/

oryguncon on October 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Can one overdose on schadenfreude? I’m about to find out.

neyney on October 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Let’s write that again.

3/100ths.

Of one percent.

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

“Yeah. 3/100ths of 1%. 3000%. Exactly like I said. It’s math.” — Barky

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I didn’t see any unicorns in those commercials.

tommer74 on October 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

They got caught in the Columbia Gorge in transit… high winds, big mess on the highway. Very sad.

oryguncon on October 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The website still has not enrolled anyone. …

- Man, that is one smart website !!!!!

(times gone past) editor: “You mean to tell me the website is human ? Get out of my office !”

williampeck1958 on October 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I see Erika saw my comment with the youtube video from Oregon…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Idaho’s exchange website (Republican Gov) has plans listed but all the details say over and over, “NO DATA AVAILABLE”

Ace ODale on October 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM

But the good news is that Oregon signed up 56,000 new Medicaid beneficiaries, by recruiting them through its food stamp program.

Because that’s what every state needs, right? Tens of thousands of new welfare beneficiaries!

That’ll get our economy moving, right Nancy?

AZCoyote on October 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Just add free weed to the Obamacare plans and watch most of Oregon firing up those laptops baby.

KirknBurker on October 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

They’re all too stoned.

BobMbx on October 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Hey Oregon! No problems! Light up a doobie, sit back and relax! And that’s about all the ‘medical’ care you can expect.

Can’t wait to see what your community pricing will look like when your sight is finally up and running.

Maybe you should check with you lib pals over in Colorado.

GarandFan on October 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Oregonians are sick to death of these stupid commercials.

And we are sick to death of being characterized by the doofuses who have moved here and have been pushing their progressivist idiocies for the past generation.

Tom McCall was right!

Scribbler on October 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Just add free weed to the Obamacare plans and watch most of Oregon firing up those laptops baby.

KirknBurker on October 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

They’re all too stoned.

BobMbx on October 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

…think…you’re right!

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

In addition to the previous report about our governor bragging about 11,000 additional enrollees to our state Medicaid program, you need to hear about federal funding granted to Oregon to implement its exchanges. Oregon received the 3rd highest amount of funding in the US to develop its exchange.

There was a short audio program, Think Out Loud, a few days ago that compared the Washington State effort to Oregon’s, revealing some of the issues Oregon is having.

M2inOR on October 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I live in Oregon but am retired military so haven’t been affected by Obamacare (yet).

But I have been seeing these “Long Live Oregonians” billboards and thinking WTF? Is this some kind of chant that we’re all supposed to do or something.

Maybe if enough people all chant this in unison the Obamacare fairy will descend from the heavens (where she has been communing with The Leader) and grant us government that works for us instead of on us.

schmuck281 on October 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM