Video: CoverOregon has cost $200 million so far without any successful signups

posted at 3:21 pm on January 21, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

There still isn’t much in the way of good news for ObamaCare proponents coming out of Oregon, a state that was once so eagerly confident in their collective ability to deliver an exchange that was supposed to be a model of ease and efficiency for insurance-seeking Oregonians. Their exchange’s price tag upon the October launch date was sitting somewhere around $160 million, but the website has yet to successfully process a single customer, and the administration has since burned through another $40 million of their allotted $305 million from the federal government scrambling to fix it, according to one local news report. Last week, the program’s interim chief Bruce Goldberg even admitted that eventually scrapping the whole thing isn’t out of the question if things don’t start to drastically improve:

Oof. Over the weekend, The Oregonian published a damningly detailed piece recounting the many ways in which the longstanding signs of pending failure were blithely glossed over as the site’s leaders wavered between “despair and an almost evangelical enthusiasm that they could complete the site”:

Amid the idealistic fervor of Oregon’s effort to build a game-changing health insurance exchange, Ying Kwong did not believe the hype.

In one of a series of revealing emails, the Cornell-educated technology analyst at Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services wrote last May that Cover Oregon‘s managers were being “intellectually dishonest” in claiming the project would be ready Oct. 1.

He likened it to the old sci-fi movie classic, “The Blob,” since their foe seemingly couldn’t be stopped due to its amorphous plans and political momentum. “You simply don’t know how to shoot this beast, because it does not have a known anatomy with the normal vital organs that make it tick.”

Kwong wasn’t alone. His concerns about Oregon’s exchange were echoed by the project’s quality assurance contractor as well as the man Kwong was writing to, the Legislature’s top IT oversight analyst.

Repeated warnings, however, even to senior officials in the governor’s office and elsewhere and multiple layers of intended oversight, went unheeded. Winning.


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How many more billions of tax dollars are we going to pi$$ away on this disaster before we shut it down?

AZCoyote on January 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Well obviously, Oregon needs that Congressman back.
The one who liked to wear the Tiger Outfit…..and
liked his Daughter’s friends….yeah, that one.

He’d straighten this out!

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

But some well connected Democrat got a nice payoff for pretending to do the work.

CrazyGene on January 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

What a clusterf*ck debacle…

OmahaConservative on January 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

CoverOregon has cost $200 million so far without any successful signups

So…… the first successful signup is going to cost over $200M but it will get cheaper with volume.

Personally, at this point the first sign up should be the Governor of Oregon. He should fly with his own wings before they get clipped.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Don’t gripe. That’s $200 million less that’ll be available for Hillary’s presidential run, or for Michelle’s next vacation.

FlameWarrior on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Soon??????????????

Eph on January 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

CoverOregon has cost $200 million so far without any successful signups

But think of the jobs this created, and stimulus too! I’m sure Pelosi will call this a win.

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

$200 million divided by 0. Well, I got to work on my math as far as the cost per person there.

anotherJoe on January 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Keep voting democrat!

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM

It’s a good thing they still have their “wings”. They can use them to fly over to a red state and get some health care.

HotAirian on January 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Don’t gripe. That’s $200 million less that’ll be available for Hillary’s presidential run, or for Michelle’s next vacation.

FlameWarrior on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

You’re assuming a large chunk of that isn’t already in the First Bank of Clinton.

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

CrazyGene on January 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Oracle was tasked with building Covered Oregon’s website.

Things are no different in Oregon than in Maryland, or California, or with the Federal Government…. despite wasting hundreds of millions, no one has been sacked / dismissed for their incompetence, mismanagement, or lies that border on criminal fraud.

Oregon’s moronic Governor is busy trying to spin that CoveredOregon is a success - with 170,000 more in the state with health insurance (despite not one successful online registration) than prior to October 1 and insists this adds ‘perspective’.

It’s little different from the lies and spin we get here in CA from CoveredCalifornia….

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Don’t gripe. That’s $200 million less that’ll be available for Hillary’s presidential run, or for Michelle’s next vacation.

FlameWarrior on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Biden’s going to beat Hillary like a rented mule.

He’ll probably say so, too.

fadetogray on January 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

That would be David Wu (D-Tiggard).

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

Note: It’s nice that verbaluce accommodated future use of this quote to apply to state websites as well by using the plural term “websites.”

What a guy!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

It’s Cover Oregon, though I thought Covered Oregon would be better, as in the pioneers’ covered wagons.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

This surely should convince those racist wingnuts in the hinterlands that Big Government Solutions are far superior to whatever ‘private’ solutions can be offered.

Good Lt on January 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

That’s enough money to pay for more than 33,000 people to buy $500/month insurance for a year.

HakerA on January 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Idiot Liberals.

Journalists keeping a body count on this fiasco yet? No? Too busy with the traffic jam story in New Jersey?

forest on January 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I’m telling you. Conservatives blast these things by dividing the cost by the number of people helped. The liberals have finally found a way around that.

Kafir on January 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

A major actor in this fiasco got out of Oregon largely under the radar- Carolyn Lawson. I think her promotional bio will need revision.

Mason on January 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

All they have to do is click the heels of their little red slippers together just a few more times, and wish, wish, wish! and everything will be just fine.

catsandbooks on January 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Accountability for Oregon Democrats? I’ve got two words for y’all:

Neil.Goldschmidt.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

That would be David Wu (D-Tiggard).

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Tigard. One G.

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Oregon’s moronic Governor is busy trying to spin that CoveredOregon is a success – with 170,000 more in the state with health insurance (despite not one successful online registration) than prior to October 1 and insists this adds ‘perspective’.

It’s little different from the lies and spin we get here in CA from CoveredCalifornia….

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Uneffeinbelievable:

“A year ago the problem was 170,000 people who didn’t have any idea or hope of getting insurance coverage,” he said. “Today we have 170,000 people who know they can get insurance coverage and their problem is actually getting connected. So if you’re going to have a problem, that’s not a bad problem to have,” he said.

So who taught this punk logic, persuasion, common sense—non partisan or verbaluce?

arnold ziffel on January 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I know. It was a play on words. David Wu…tiger costume…Tigger from Winnie the Poo…(D-Tiggard).

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Don’t worry, we will make that good for nothing Governor pay for this foolishness, by making him serve another term. Whatever is in the water in Portland must be some good stuff….

brn2rde on January 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

s/b Pooh

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I’m beginning to think that the people charged with these websites were working with idea that the Supreme Court was going to find the law unconstitutional and were just going through the motions of setting up the website. When the Robert’s ruling came down, they probably said a collective, “Oh S***!” and wondered ‘How are we going to get this done now??’

Deano1952 on January 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Might it be that everyone responsible was out toking, and therefore everything was okay?

GarandFan on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Dear State of Oregon:

Please hire me to manage CoverOregon. I will fail to enroll anyone, too: But in the spirit of cost containment, I will only charge you $3 million a year to fail.
That is, (if you’re not too good with math, as seems to be the case), a savings of $197,000,000.

I look forward to receiving my first $3 million retainer. Cashier’s checks only, please.

Sincerely,
Orangemtl

orangemtl on January 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

…and no one is in jail?

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

That speakers’ bureau blurb is nauseating.

They keep counting medicaid recipients as enrollees. They were eligible anyway. #Fail

winoceros on January 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM