NPR: Oregon’s exchange might actually be doing worse than the federal site

posted at 12:41 pm on November 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Evidently, the competition for the top spot of Most Bungled ObamaCare Rollout among the program’s avid admirers is actually pretty stiff. I’d say that the federal government’s marketplace takes the title, seeing as how the website’s prohibitive glitches mean that the residents of 34 states are now left hanging, but even ObamaCare enthusiasts on a smaller bureaucratic scale just can’t seem to get it together.

As I mentioned last night, relatively tiny and wildly progressive Vermont has had such a hard time with enrollment that their governor has decided to allow people to extend their current coverage plans three months past their December 31st expiration deadline to March 31st; and in similarly rhapsodic Oregon over on the west coast, the malfunctioning exchange website has entirely reduced the state to sifting through paper applications. They still have yet to enroll even a single Oregonian, NPR reports:

When Cover Oregon opened Oct. 1, executive director Rocky King was excited. He’d been preparing for years. “Day one, we are accepting applications. And staff at the Oregon Health Authority and Cover Oregon are ready to process those applications,” he said on opening day.

Back then, King conceded there were still glitches with the website, but he said that by mid-to-late October they’d be worked out. Now it’s November, and it’s clear that a quick fix is not in the cards. So Cover Oregon has turned to old-fashioned paper applications. People can either download one off the website, or have somebody walk them through it. …

The paper application is 20 pages long and asks for everything from names and the number of people in your household to pension contributions and alimony payments.

That means Cover Oregon staff will comb through documents to determine if the person is eligible for a tax credit or for Medicaid. The sporadic functionality of the federal government’s HealthCare.gov website means this eligibility check is a problem.

Cover Oregon is estimating their site will be fully operational by the end of November, but they have a stack of at least 7,300 paper applications piling up through which they need to hurry and sort through manually within a maximum 45-day period to start adding people to their rolls.

Like I said, the competition for the most defective rollout is fierce.


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May you all richly reap what you so ignorantly sowed.

Murphy9 on November 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

All of its links take you to the site of a Nigerian banker who wants you to help him extract $24.7 million dollars from Nigeria.

Wino on November 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Unicorns for clunkers.

onomo on November 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Guess I should stroll into one of their center’s and tell them face to face, what I think of that stupid-a$$ song they made us listen too, all fricking summer…

lovingmyUSA on November 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

The only way it could be worse is if it electrocuted you.

faraway on November 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This comes on top of the collapse of the Oregon universal health care plan.

pat on November 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

What happens you when legalize pot?

A lady that i know just came from columbia,
She smiled because i did not understand.
Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha!
She said it was the best in all the land.
And i said,

“no, no, no, no, i don’t smoke it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find Obamacare.”

They can’t sign up for health insurance, but they can get stoned so its ok.

BobMbx on November 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

lovingmyUSA on November 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’ll meet up with you and we can go in together.

ORrighty on November 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Well, maybe they can mail in their applications just like they do their ballots.

Chris of Rights on November 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

To quote Hillary:

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

AZCoyote on November 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

They can’t sign up for health insurance, but they can get stoned so its ok.

BobMbx on November 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Good thing medical MJ is a cure all wonder drug, they’re going to need it. Wrong state though.

antipc on November 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

but,but,but the cutsie song says everyone in Oregon is saved, and all the flowers and trees, and birds and bees live together in harmony!!

Oregon libs are the most delusional people you will ever meet.

portlandon on November 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Rush just stated that Gallup has Obozo at 39% approval. Humpbot time?

neyney on November 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Like I said, the competition for the most defective rollout is fierce.

It’s Oregon. That’s about as blue a state as any. Screw them all.

Gallup has Obama’s approval in the 30s. I wonder if the breach of public trust has anything to do with it.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The only answer to government incompetence at this level is single payer provision of health care!!1!!

thuja on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Cover Oregon is estimating their site will be fully operational by the end of November, but they have a stack of at least 7,300 paper applications piling up through which they need to hurry and sort through manually within a maximum 45-day period to start adding people to their rolls.

Care to take a guess as to how many of those 7300 paper applications are from individuals that will contribute to the system and how many are uninsured sick people who want their Medicaid benefits to start?

Like an onion, there are many layers of failure to Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

Murphy9 on November 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The only answer to government incompetence at this level is single payer provision of health care!!1!!

thuja on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Yeah because government has proven they can run healthcare. Right?

Fact of the matter is that Obamacare is probably the best reason why single payer is a bad idea.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The only answer to government incompetence at this level is single payer provision of health care!!1!!

thuja on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Yeah, that’ll fix it, more government. Slow learner much?

antipc on November 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

So when do we get the next photo op of the lazy stupid one with a bunch of people around him jazzed at their kickass coverage under Obamacare. Cheaper, better, more comprehensive……….

Seriously, I haven’t encountered one individual who is bragging about the sweet deal he got by signing up for Obamacare. Nobody pondering what they are going to do with all that extra money they get to keep by signing up for Obamacare. Patient zero for Obamacare is going to be featured as if he/she/it had just won the lottery.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Hey … ease up. There’s at least a handful of us that are regulars her on HotGas. The large metro areas are definitely as blue as blue can get and those of us must endure it. The remainder of OR is ag country and conservative. I only wish that I could make a living in those areas of the State.

ORrighty on November 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Obamacare EpicClusterFark pr0n just won’t stop!

Running out of popcorn…

ZenDraken on November 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Yeah, that’ll fix it, more government. Slow learner much?

antipc on November 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Reminds me of Steny Hoyer’s comments after hearing of the website problems early in October. HHS needs $50M more dollars to fix the system and that might not be enough.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Thank goodness Romney wasn’t elected. He probably would have made this functional if he couldn’t repeal it.

Tekov Yahoser on November 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

FYI: Cover Oregon’s OBOZOCARE web site works with ONLY INTERNET EXPLORER !!!

I just knew that the incompetents of micro$oft who created the disasters known as Vista and Win 8 – among many, many others – were somehow involved in the OBOZOCARE web fiascoes.

TeaPartyNation on November 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The only answer to government incompetence at this level is single payer provision of health care!!1!!

thuja on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Government incompetence? This is obviously the fault of the free market and the insurance companies which operate in a wild wild west like regulatory environment.

gwelf on November 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The only way it could be worse is if it electrocuted you.

faraway on November 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Don’t give them ideas!

talkingpoints on November 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The paper application is 20 pages long and asks for everything from names and the number of people in your household to pension contributions and alimony payments.

All the better to feed the data into OFA’s/Eric Schmidt’s new data banks so they can politicize you later.

PattyJ on November 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Don’t give them ideas!

talkingpoints on November 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

(but i gotta)… The Affordable Care Act Healthcare… patch. With a pretty unicorn on the back.

onomo on November 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

ORrighty on November 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Right there with you.

Sockpuppet Politic on November 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Guy at Bloomberg yesterday was commenting that the state exchanges are totally where it’s at… and that was O’s plan all along, you wingnuts, before you ruined it by (following the option that’s in the law) refusing to set up state exchanges. Eleventy or something.

mankai on November 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Good luck with those 20 page applications! The people of Oregon surely don’t want to read this, One Veterans Affairs Office 37,000 Backlog Files Stacked So High, They Posed Safety Risk to Staff

fbcmusicman on November 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

7,300 applications is about 0.2% of the population of Oregon. Wow. All those people on health care! We’re saved. What? 73,000 Oregonians lost their health care? Nevermind.

kenro85 on November 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Obamacare EpicClusterFark pr0n just won’t stop!

Running out of popcorn…

ZenDraken on November 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Seriously. We need a new snack!

And be thankful this isn’t a drinking game – we’d all be dead.

AJsDaddie on November 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The best thing that Obama is good at is his 2/24 basketball shooting…and lying.

But mostly lying.

jukin3 on November 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Good luck with those 20 page applications! The people of Oregon surely don’t want to read this, One Veterans Affairs Office 37,000 Backlog Files Stacked So High, They Posed Safety Risk to Staff

fbcmusicman on November 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

This is your Health Care on Single Payer:

As claims continue to pour in, almost one million veterans are currently waiting for their benefit claims to be processed, according to an investigation conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The CIR’s report also showed that the average wait time for a disability claim to be resolved is 279 days. First time claims take longer, averaging 318 days, and the wait time has grown 2,000 percent in the past four years.

AesopFan on November 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

lovingmyUSA on November 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’ll meet up with you and we can go in together.

ORrighty on November 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Me three!

kmid219 on November 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM