Number of Obamacare enrollments through Oregon’s state exchange: Zero. Still.

posted at 8:11 am on November 12, 2013 by Guy Benson

Yes, this is a deja vu headline.  The Associated Press in late October:

A month after Oregon’s problem-plagued online health insurance marketplace has failed to enroll a single person, concerns are mounting that some of the most vulnerable Oregonians may face a break in coverage if they don’t enroll within the next month and a half.

Oregonians were told state officials were making “significant progress.”  It’s now mid-November.  Back over to you, Associated Press:

With a reputation as a pacesetter in health care, Oregon laid out bold plans for complying with the federal overhaul. The state wouldn’t just create a health insurance exchange, a complicated undertaking in its own right. Oregon officials set out to build one of the biggest and best in the nation — a model that other states would want to copy. But more than a month after Cover Oregon’s online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Gov. John Kitzhaber’s grand ideas. The online system still doesn’t work, and the exchange has yet to enroll a single person in health insurance. Interviews with state officials and a review of public records by The Associated Press suggest Cover Oregon officials bit off more than they could chew and clung to their ambitious vision even when their risk management consultants raised alarms.

A few thoughts: (1) Just how proud should Oregon be of its healthcare “pacesetter” reputation?  (2) The magnitude of Cover Oregon’s failure is extraordinary.  Its website is under-performing Healthcare.gov, having signed up precisely zero people for coverage in six weeks.  Oregon is governed by Democrats.  They heartily embraced their Obamacare charge from day one, and they’ve failed.  These facts blow a giant hole in the Left’s reactionary, ‘it’s Republicans’ fault!’ blamestorming premise.  (3) Oregon is something of a case study: Its Democrats “bit off more than they could chew,” then “clung” to their big government ambitions, ignoring multiple warning flares.  The governor’s “grand ideas” and the president’s big promises have given way to pathetic results and countless betrayals.  This is the liberal project at work, America.  Cold, hard reality has punctured the feel-good bubble.  Leftism should be judged by its results, not its ostensibly lofty intentions or manipulative rhetoric. (4) Incredibly, Barack Obama has touted Oregon as one of Obamacare’s exemplars of success.  Why?  They’ve placed a bunch of new people into their empirically failing Medicaid system, a nationwide trend that threatens to crash the financial model of the entire law.  And these numbers are cited as good news.  Keep that in mind when the administration releases its intentionally nonspecific Obamacare enrollment figures this week.  But who cares about these buzz-kill facts and figures, really?  Think happy, crunchy thoughts:

Taxpayers spent millions on this ad, which promotes a broken website.  ::starts slow clap::

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Sick.

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Big shocker…

OmahaConservative on November 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Leftism should be judged by its results, not its ostensibly lofty intentions or manipulative rhetoric.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHA

geojed on November 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

OT. check out drudge. james o’keefe strikes again…this time in texas….lying navigators

gracie on November 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Show me a blue state and I’ll show you a people who celebrate massive failure. The multimillion dollar cartoon ad should make every taxpayer puke with disgust knowing they paid for it but again, this is Oregon we are talking about, so I doubt they think in those terms. If the government provides it then in their minds it’s “free”.

HotAirian on November 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I’m sure the compassionate leftist folk in Oregon will all chip in to pay for the health care of “Oregon’s most vulnerable” if needed!

KS Rex on November 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Medical nirvana is hard.

Meat Fighter on November 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Leftism should be judged by its results, not its ostensibly lofty intentions or manipulative rhetoric.

This never happens.
Liberals are the people that always talk about something and never follow through on it and believe that since they talked about it or thought about it that they actually accomplished something.

They make themselves feel better by saying things like “I am thinking about going to law school” and then they never take the LSAT, but they go around acting like they actually completed law school. This is not a new phenomenon.

This phenomenon also applies to moderate GOP Senators and Congressmen when talking/thinking about conservative legislation. They never actually follow through and still expect the conservative base to support them.

weaselyone on November 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

All these states that expanded medicaid are in for some big trouble down the road. They are going to be really broke.

Of course, the citizens are then going to elect some conservatives in at the state level and expect THEM to fix the mess, all the while crying and screaming at the stuff they would need to do.

Another little fact not being pointed out is now the feds can use the purse strings to make these states who have expanded, use them as puppets for the will of the feds in order to keep the funds rolling in.

watertown on November 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Leftism should be judged by its results, not its ostensibly lofty intentions or manipulative rhetoric.

Guy. Come on now. You can’t let FACTS get in the way of the TRUTH.

And the truth is, Republicans sabotaged the law by not supporting it. Also, Obama is awesome.

Gatsu on November 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

OT. check out drudge. james o’keefe strikes again…this time in texas….lying navigators

gracie on November 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Amazing that 50,000 navigators couldn’t sign up 50,000 people on the exchanges in a month and a half. This is their data-mining operation for the 2014 and 2016 elections. A list of names/addresses of those who actually sign up for Obamacare is the list for their GOTV efforts.

weaselyone on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Tea Party was right.

forest on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

We fly with our own wings”?

I guess irony isn’t lefties’ strong suit.

When you’re waiting for your government subsidy check to buy your government-mandated health insurance, or waiting for Medicaid to pay for your visit to the government-approved doctor, you’re not flying with your own wings. You’re just a passenger on the government’s plane, and the government can (and will) require you to submit to a strip search and a rectal probe before getting on its plane, and it can (and will) hire third-rate pilots to fly the plane and third-rate mechanics to repair the plane, and the government can even toss you out of the window of its plane anytime it chooses.

AZCoyote on November 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

That’s what happens when you put aging hippies in charge. They only care about eating their next bowl of quinoa & red lentil salad and taking a hit on the bong. Too much energy wasted trying to fiddle around with those comp-u-tater thingies….

powerpickle on November 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Rameriz.

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The state exchanges are working!! It’s those Rethuglican governor’s who wouldn’t play nice who arew causing all the problems! Elevenety!!! Halliburton!!!!

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some of the most vulnerable Oregonians may face a break in coverage if they don’t enroll within the next month and a half

What’s the problem? Just apply when you need it. They have to sell it to you. Isn’t better to wait and see whether you’ll need a gold, silver or bronze plan before committing to one?

mankai on November 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

weaselyone on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

correctamundo. but shine a light on it and shut it down.

gracie on November 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

OT. check out drudge. james o’keefe strikes again…this time in texas….lying navigators

gracie on November 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Good to see the ACORN people found work.

mankai on November 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Taxpayers spent millions on this ad, which promotes a broken website. ::starts slow clap::

Wouldn’t flying with one’s own wings require paying one’s way not relying on subsidies from the government so you don’t have to pay for all that “comprehensive” coverage?

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Good to see the ACORN people found work.

mankai on November 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

ACORN never went anywhere. They just changed names and continued to do as they have always done.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Perfect…

OmahaConservative on November 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I’m sure the compassionate leftist folk in Oregon will all chip in to pay for the health care of “Oregon’s most vulnerable” if needed!

KS Rex on November 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Leftists are the stingiest of the stingy. They only want to pay for stuff with other people’s money.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

When are you going to plug the holes in Obamacare daddy?

Seriously, Tick Tock. The lazy stupid coward and his party DO NOT want the January 2nd coverage to be all about people who have now found themselves without insurance for no other reason than Obamacare cancelled their policies and Obamacare doesn’t allow them to enroll through the exchanges.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

“…concerns are mounting that some of the most vulnerable Oregonians may face a break in coverage…”

There’s always the ER.

Tsar of Earth on November 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

So, daddy, place of birth on my birth certificate: Utopia, is wrong?

/oregonian

hillsoftx on November 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Watch how the GOP gets smeared when they refuse to vote for a delay…

They will be tarred as “causing suffering to make a political point,” regardless of the fact that this is primarily a policy matter…

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Less than 50,000 enrolled (not necessarily purchased) through Healthcare.gov. Three times that enrolled into Medicaid…….

This is not math that makes for a sustainable program.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Watch how the GOP gets smeared when they refuse to vote for a delay…

They will be tarred as “causing suffering to make a political point,” regardless of the fact that this is primarily a policy matter…

mjbrooks3 on November 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Use the words of the Dems against them when defund and delay was suggested during the partial government shutdown. Dems informed us that Obamacare was the law of the land and delay wasn’t even a consideration that would pass the Senate let alone get signed into law by the lazy stupid coward in the White House. I think that sentiment is still generally true among the Dems though they probably are having a hard time prying the vulnerable Dems off the ceiling.

Here in VA, we have a Senate race in 2014. Mark Warner proudly voted for Obamacare and assured us that we could keep our plans and doctors. Since the current debacle started the filthy bastard has not said a word about Obamacare. He is as vulnerable as any of them.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Less than 50,000 enrolled (not necessarily purchased) through Healthcare.gov. Three times that enrolled into Medicaid…….

This is not math that makes for a sustainable program.

Happy Nomad on November 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Plus there is the fact that multiple studies have shown that having Medicaid “coverage” is actually worse for patients than having no insurance at all.

Because of the ludicrously low government reimbursement rates, most competent doctors won’t take Medicaid patients. Only the worst doctors will see them, and they tend to run “mills” (get ‘em in, get ‘em out, bill the government) where they see hundreds of patients a day, and spend very little time with the patients or reviewing their records. This is why Medicaid patients die at a much higher rate than other patients (including uninsured patients) who have the same medical diagnoses.

Expanding Medicaid rolls by millions is a recipe for disaster — for the governments (federal and state) and for the patients.

AZCoyote on November 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Amazing that 50,000 navigators couldn’t sign up 50,000 people on the exchanges in a month and a half. This is their data-mining operation for the 2014 and 2016 elections. A list of names/addresses of those who actually sign up for Obamacare is the list for their GOTV efforts.

weaselyone on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Just proof that there obviously aren’t enough navigators. If only they could hire another 100,000 away from McDonald’s and Wendy’s it would get all better.

Oldnuke on November 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Oregon, the bastion of liberal thought…keep thinking Oregon, that is all you have your thoughts.

right2bright on November 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

♬ Tra la la – la la la la … My cartoon guitar has lesbian wings ♩♬ ♪ … obamacare’s FREE and it gives you things ♪ ♫ ♬ … obama’s totally HOT and he’s the KING … sign up today … ting-a-ling ♪ ♫ … it’s really good for your ding-a-ling ♬ … Tra la la – la la la la …

Pork-Chop on November 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Slackers don’t need or want insurance.

Ward Cleaver on November 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Living in Oregon for the past 13 years, I can tell you that the state is basically controlled by two urban centers, Portland and Eugene, both of which are wildly Liberal, so much so the trees are blue (okay maybe not). These two areas are so into themselves, so eager to be the new trend setter in some ridiculous leftist utopia wet dream, that the will never, ever, ever see outside of their own bubble, even as the rest of the state suffers. They frankly could care less about anyone not in their circle, at the ‘it’ coffee house or at the Saturday Market – as long as they are “Keeping Portland Weird” and making sure those terrible ranchers and loggers don’t mess with their supply of hemp.

The capital, Salem, believe it or not really isn’t Liberal, but that still doesn’t prevent the bubble from moving to the halls of the Legislature and helping them screw the rest of us every chance they get.

Tyrs Fury on November 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

They need to send out a search party for that guy playing his guitar atop Mt Hood… He hasn’t been seen for months.

2Tru2Tru on November 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Oh this is a weird place to live. I really wonder what is the end game here. I know someone who needs coverage and called last week. Her hold time was 3 hours. She hung up. This was not her first try.
I know that the result of this is an awful lot of uninsured as we move into 2014.
How long before the narrative becomes the evil hospitals trying to collect massive amounts owed?
January is my guess.
Liberals had best start up the spin machines. I’m sure Oregon will lead the way toward calling for socialized medicine but the run up is going to be ugly.

ORconservative on November 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

“Ha Ha” – Nelson (Simpsons)

Cleombrotus on November 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

King Barack will shortly create a new cabinet position; “The Secretary of Happy Thoughts”.

Problem solved.

GarandFan on November 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

As much as I have ranted to other people about how socialism doesn’t work, I am still surprised that they couldn’t manage to get these websites working. It seems to me that many financial institutions have websites on the same order of complexity. Have Democratic politicians been living fantasy land for so long that they have even forgotten how to manage?

thuja on November 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

If pigs could fly (as well as guitars and kayaks) they could buy health insurance in Oregon. How much will Oregon Medicaid pay Mary Poppins when her umbrella breaks?

Steve Z on November 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

“We fly with our own wings”?

Buffalo wings? Or the wings of Icarus?

Steve Z on November 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Rameriz.

Bmore on November 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM

He’s a national treasure.

txhsmom on November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Not zero.

The total number of enrollees from Oregon is 50,000.

As well, the total number of enrollees from neighboring Washington state, California, Idaho and Nevada: 50,000, 50,000, 50,000, 50,000 and 50,000 respectively.

From the remaining states in the union, the total is 50,000 each.

Now, my fellow right-wing morons, add those all together and you get a national total of 50,000.

With rock-solid performance numbers like these, Democrats will be unbeatable everywhere in ’14.

FlameWarrior on November 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

That’s what happens when you put aging hippies in charge. They only care about eating their next bowl of quinoa & red lentil salad and taking a hit on the bong. Too much energy wasted trying to fiddle around with those comp-u-tater thingies….

powerpickle on November 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Not quite accurate. Portland is fairly young city by my observation, though I admittedly haven’t looked at the actual data. The “youth culture” is definitely driving Portland’s politics and much of the state’s. I swear the 26th Amendment is what is destroying this country.

thuja on November 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

So my sis (ins agent in Oregon) is still sending in 20-page paper apps to Carnage Oregon, and has yet to hear anything back on ones she submitted over a month ago. She said crunch time is coming soon – people whose plans are ending Dec 31 will see Jan 1 with no med ins plan in place.

And as for the proposed Dem band-aids (keep existing plans going beyond Dec 31)… most plans have supporting back-end contracts between the ins companies and health care providers (hospitals, docs, labs, etc). Many of those contracts are plan-specific and expire Dec 31. How is an ins company supposed to keep an existing plan going without supporting contracts in place???

Marcola on November 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

But we got a really cool new state theme song!

(Not gonna)”Long live Oregonians!”

oryguncon on November 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM