Good news: Oregon’s exchange hopes to be functional by day after Dec. 15 deadline for 2014 coverage

posted at 9:21 pm on November 20, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

No wonder the OFA conference call was moving goalposts all the way to March the other day:

We’ve been hearing since the great technological and policy meltdown that is Obamacare began Oct. 1 that it didn’t matter if exchanges didn’t work as planned right away because everyone anticipated a great ramp-up in enrollments during the last two weeks before the Dec. 15 deadline. That deadline is the one you have to hit if you’d like your coverage, bought through the exchange, to begin Jan. 1 of next year. That’s why the White House set itself a Nov. 30 deadline to fail to meet, to keep hope alive that there’d be two weeks to get young invincibles to do their marathon insurance-buying sessions in between rounds of GTA.

How’s it going in Oregon, perhaps Obamacare’s most complete exchange failure, which is really saying quite something:

SALEM, Ore. — The director of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange told state lawmakers Wednesday he hopes to have the online registration system fully functional for individuals by Dec. 16.

Rocky King made his first appearance before a legislative committee since the insurance exchange, known as Cover Oregon, missed the Oct. 1 deadline to allow people to enroll online. The exchange is intended to let people shop for coverage, compare plans and find out whether they qualify for tax credits under the federal health law.

Cover Oregon has resorted to processing applications by hand because the online portal didn’t work correctly.

Well, someone should have flagged the hiring of the Frankenfurter’s blonde body builder from “Rocky Horror” for the website build, but I digress.

Cover Oregon might be ready by the day after the day by which you’d need to sign up to have coverage starting at the beginning of the year. The state concedes it will miss any chance at a ramp-up in enrollments between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.

As an aside, maybe Republicans in the state could find a better way to illuminate this failure than this:

King faced only Democrats in the morning hearing in a committee that oversees information technology projects, because the panel’s two Republicans were not there. He’s likely to face tough questions later Wednesday from the House and Senate health care committees.

Guys, this is a gimme.

Exit quotation: “We’re not broken. It’s just not done,” King told lawmakers.

But they spent millions on those commercials, so they got that goin’ for them. Which is nice.

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txhsmom on November 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Obamacare Now More Unpopular Than The Iraq War In 2006…

Via Washington Examiner:

Support for President Obama’s health care law has dropped 16 points in the past month — and that’s just among Democrats.

The finding, from a CBS News poll, is one of several startling numbers from polls released in recent days showing rapidly eroding public support for Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment in the wake of its botched rollout. [...]

With the 2014 midterm elections now in the horizon, what’s most striking is how closely Obamacare polling is starting to resemble polling on Iraq in fall 2006, when a public backlash against the war enabled the Democrats to take over control of both chambers of Congress.

A Gallup poll taken days before the Nov. 7, 2006, election found that 55 percent of Americans had come to view sending troops to Iraq as a mistake, compared to 40 percent who said it was not.

Yet in the CBS News poll released Wednesday, 61 percent of Americans were found to disapprove of Obamacare, compared to 31 percent who approve. In the Washington Post poll, the numbers were 57 percent to 40 percent.

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Top Dem Aide: Obama “More Unpopular” Than George W. Bush With Congressional Democrats…

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…Blue State!

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Exit quotation: “We’re not broken. It’s just not done,” King told lawmakers

It’s not rape. It’s rape-rape.

RovesChins on November 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

What if you cannot get signed up before Dec 15?
Are you then locked out for a year?
Or will there be a 2 week lag between when you do get signed up
and your health insurance starts?

You think the only people signing up have preexisting conditions
or perhaps have children that they need to cover?

redguy on November 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

But they spent millions on those commercials, so they got that goin’ for them. Which is nice.

…over the years…the government takes OUR (taxes) money…gives it to the media…via commercials (to inform us)…creates a money dependency…and we wonder…why we have a government media!

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Exit quotation: “We’re not broken. It’s just not done,” King told lawmakers

It’s not rape. It’s rape-rape.

RovesChins on November 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Heh, this is like if a tornado hit your house and the insurance agent says – you can build
a new house now! We won’t charge for the demo.

redguy on November 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Oregon: The only state honest enough to fix the site before they open it up for enrollment.

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

MKH, what does Hot Air have against James O’Keefe?

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

My guess is that they have no idea if it will ever be ready.

Your mileage may be worse.

SparkPlug on November 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

As an aside, maybe Republicans in the state could find a better way to illuminate this failure than this:

Good luck, state GOP leadership has been on again, off again in capability.

oryguncon on November 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Oregon’s exchange hopes to be functional by day after Dec. 15 deadline for 2014 coverage

I’ll give you your anaesthesia after I am done cutting off your leg and extracting your tonsils .

burrata on November 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I’ll give you your anaesthesia after I am done cutting off your leg and extracting your tonsils .

burrata on November 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Don’t say that in San Fransicko or you’ll have a line around the block.

viking01 on November 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Apparently failure IS an option!

pain train on November 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

MKH, what does Hot Air have against James O’Keefe?

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Not mainstream enough.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

maybe Republicans in the state could find a better way to illuminate this failure than this

Are there actually any Republicans in Oregon?

tballard on November 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Failure

Failure? Oh contraire! This is what success looks like in the Socialist world.

Just another day in the Politburo for these folks.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Cover Oregon might be ready by the day after the day by which you’d need to sign up to have coverage starting at the beginning of the year.

Pot-heads have a very poor sense of “time”.

GarandFan on November 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Are there actually any Republicans in Oregon?

tballard on November 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Yes. East of the Cascade Range, but the population is thin.

Decoski on November 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Top Dem Aide: Obama “More Unpopular” Than George W. Bush With Congressional Democrats…

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

If you haven’t read the original story at The Hill, you really need to!!!
Every sentence is dripping with delicious flavor!

dominigan on November 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

What’s with that picture and Oregon?

Oil Can on November 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM