Cover Oregon might finally be ready by December 16th, but probably not

posted at 6:41 pm on November 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As difficult as it might be to top the egregious level of bureaucratic incompetence that the Obama administration’s rollout of HealthCare.Gov is aptly demonstrating, Oregon seems to be having a good go at it — which makes it all the more bizarre that Oregon was one of the states that enthusiastically dove headfirst into the project.

Yesterday, I mentioned that Oregon has yet to enroll a single ObamaCare participant through their virtually inoperable website, which is definitely an even worse track record than the federal site; and in another headline bizarrely similar to those introducing the woes of HealthCare.Gov, OregonLive reported last night that CoverOregon officials knew that the site had “significant deficiencies” as early as last spring:

The Cover Oregon website hasn’t been able to enroll anybody since its scheduled Oct. 1 launch and won’t be ready to sign people up until Dec. 16 — one day after the deadline to enroll for benefits that go into effect Jan. 1.

Instead, Oregonians need to submit paper applications by Dec. 4, then choose a plan by Dec. 15 for coverage to continue uninterrupted next year. The form is available on the Cover Oregon website, coveroregon.com.

King acknowledged Wednesday that Cover Oregon officials knew for months that the site had significant problems that would put the project behind schedule, even though they gave public assurances leading up to the Oct. 1 launch.

Cover Oregon took over management of the site’s development from the Oregon Health Authority in May. A review of the coding soon after turned up “significant deficiencies,” King said. Despite contractors saying the site was 80 percent done, only 10 percent of it was done correctly, he said.

King blamed the site’s delays on technological problems that meant the agency and its contractor, Oracle, weren’t able to test the whole website until the fall. He likened the situation to being unable to test a model railroad because “a section of the track is missing.”

December 16th, as in, the day after people need to sign up for insurance in order to begin receiving benefits on January 1st, the date on which some people’s cancellation notices will go into effect (and I’m going to go ahead and suggest that even that is a wildly optimistic deadline), and Oregonians want answers. Slow clap?


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Government: The answer to everything.

At least we know that when the camps are built the trains delivering people to them will never be on time.

Bishop on November 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

READY…FIRE…AIM!

dont taze me bro on November 21, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Those winged-cartoon-lesbian-guitars just keep flying around in circles, with nowhere to land.

Pork-Chop on November 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Cover Oregon with what? Portland cement?

Steve Z on November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

December 16th, as in, the day after people need to sign up for insurance in order to begin receiving benefits on January 1st, the date on which some people’s cancellation notices will go into effect

looks like Christmas ain’t comin’ early this year, suckaz….

ted c on November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Alternative headline ……

Oregon Doesn’t Have There Ducks in a Row

fogw on November 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Their darnit

fogw on November 21, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Eugene Libtards hardest hit.

Will this be like a Grinch thing for them if it isn’t up until next year?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Yesterday, I mentioned that Oregon has yet to enroll a single ObamaCare participant through their virtually inoperable website,

Has anyone bothered to call Oregon to ask if the server is plugged in?

OregonLive reported last night that CoverOregon officials knew that the site had “significant deficiencies” as early as last spring:

Broken computer on button. No ehternet card. Only 5 Mb of RAM with max upgrade to 15Mb. Harddrives are EIDE, wiring is for SATA.

Dusty on November 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Governor Kitzhaber is as incompetent now, as he was in the 1990′s.

portlandon on November 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Has anyone bothered to call Oregon to ask if the server is plugged in?

Of course it is, but it’s powered by Solyndra solar panels and it’s getting pretty dark up there this time of year. Duuuh.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

A review of the coding soon after turned up “significant deficiencies,” King said. Despite contractors saying the site was 80 percent done, only 10 percent of it was done correctly, he said.

King Putt calls that “par for the course.”

Flange on November 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

It’s no wonder Oregon can’t get this right.
Their school system is an epic fail.
Two examples:

Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are racist, & thousands of employee-hours are being used to explain why:

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15414/

Nasty, abusive homosexual activist anti-bullying bully was paid $24,000 of taxpayer money to discuss fisting with students:

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15207/

itsnotaboutme on November 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM

He likened the situation to being unable to test a model railroad because “a section of the track is missing.”

Ya, that section of track from where the trains starts out to where it returns to where is started.

dont taze me bro on November 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Greetings all from the People’s Socialist Workers Paradise of the Occupied NW Territories. Here’s a fun fact…the state office where we are supposed to send our 19 page application forms has ONE fax machine.

BlueStateExpat on November 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

This is the very tip of the iceberg if government incompetence. Millions are going to die. Heck his top break a few eggs. ..

jukin3 on November 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Well, maybe they can watch the cool video and feel better and won’t need health insurance.

talkingpoints on November 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Dude! Like just toke-up and relax.

GarandFan on November 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Cover Oregon

Or, as it is known here in the Portland ‘burbs…

Run For Cover, Oregon

kakypat on November 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Oregon isn’t the same since all the trees moved to Texas.

2Tru2Tru on November 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Obamacare promo video contest entry

PortlandJon on November 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM