Report: Oregon is about to give up on its ObamaCare exchange

posted at 4:21 pm on April 24, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The increasingly obvious conclusion to the long odyssey of CoverOregon, which began in a dreamy, technicolor haze of unbounded ObamaCare enthusiasm and now sounds like it’s ending with a big, fat thud. Oregon’s nonfunctional exchange remains the only one not to have signed up a single enrollee through its online system, forcing the state to redirect all of its applicants to sign up via snail mail and telephone, and it’s been dogged by reports and allegations of waste, fraud, and utter incompetence as officials have been trying to figure out exactly how they managed to crash and burn so dramatically with a budget of $300 million for the entire endeavor. The federal government got officially involved back in March, and it sounds like the feds are ready to take to project out of Oregon’s hands, via WaPo:

The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix.

In public, the board overseeing Cover Oregon is scheduled to vote Friday whether to join the federal insurance marketplace that already sells health plans in most of the country under the Affordable Care Act. Behind the scenes, the officials say, federal and Oregon officials already have privately agreed that closing down the system is the best path to rescue the state marketplace, the country’s only one to fail so spectacularly that no residents have been able to sign up for coverage online since it opened early last fall. …

A consultant’s analysis for Cover Oregon recently concluded that it would cost $4 million to $6 million to move into the federal insurance marketplace, a fraction of the expense of refurbishing the exchange’s existing technology.

According to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about discussions that have not been made public, leaders of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the insurance marketplaces, have firmly told Oregon officials that they did not believe they had the ability to repair the exchange themselves.

The federal government might be looking to absorb Maryland and Massachusetts’ messy exchanges into the national system too, but for Oregon, as WaPo notes, “one important unresolved question is whether people who have just chosen health plans through Cover Oregon will need to sign up a second time in the federal system for their new coverage to continue beyond this year” — and if that does end up being the case, might we see some frustrated Oregonians taking a second look at GOP Senate candidate Dr. Monica Webhy, perhaps? Eh?


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Really? They haven’t thrown enough money at the problems yet.

DevilishSoda on April 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

But they still get a ribbon, right???

hillsoftx on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

S U R R E N D E R .. O R E G O N!

(Skywriting message left unnamed HHS employee over Portland)

PolAgnostic on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Alternative Headline:

Oregon Ducks Responsibility

fogw on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

But … but … but … Cartoon winged lesbian rainbow guitars of freedom, and stuff.
What went wrong?

Pork-Chop on April 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Like Mengele being replaced by Christian Szell, in the end no matter what you say or do it won’t be fun.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

People need to start going to jail over ObamaCare.

BobMbx on April 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

A “tipping point” number of the sign ups just found out what the word “deductible” means.

ncinca on April 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Wow: These guys must really be inept. Its a sure sign that if it won’t work on the state level it has no chance of working on the federal level.

jmtham156 on April 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

300 Million dollars…

PatriotRider on April 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

And yet the idiots in Oregon will CONTINUE to vote for the Democrats. Book it.

Bob Davis on April 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The discussion is over…we have won the day…the ACA is here to stay…/

PatriotRider on April 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I wonder who the OR Dems are going to blame for this???…

PatriotRider on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

So what happens to those groovy commercials with the hipster beats? Live Long in Oregon…

Chicost84 on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Another success story! Count it!

— everdipso

HumpBot Salvation on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Like Mengele being replaced by Christian Szell, in the end no matter what you say or do it won’t be fun.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

its scary how few people will recognize those names. We are doomed.

avi natan on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

People need to start going to jail over ObamaCare.

BobMbx on April 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

That’s covered on page 2,147, Section 356, of the ACA law.

“Beginning in the year 2018, anyone who refuses to sign up for coverage will be incarcerated for a period of no less than five years and no more than one hundred years.”

You have to read it to ……………..

fogw on April 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

This truly is a metaphor for the ages.

I’ll bet the next time it will work out just fine with a new guy in charge.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

reports and allegations of waste, fraud, and utter incompetence

Kitzhaber is the most incompetent governor of all 57 states.

VorDaj on April 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

If only there were some tech companies in Oregon.

rbj on April 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Troll-free …

… until they come in with a clever way (in their mind)to change the subject.

M240H on April 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The day after the feds take over you’ll see 3 million unconfirmable but not at all imaginary or fake Obamacare signups.

Success!

PetecminMd on April 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

So they’re not able to build functioning websites in Oregon, even with 300 million bucks.

But they are experts at using dead babies to generate power.

Priorities.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

OT: I find it hilarious that the Green Room links still appear to the side of the page on a headlines thread. What’s it been, a month since the Green Room ceased to exist?

cptacek on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Why is HHS fighting so hard to keep good folks from getting health insurance? Why have Oregon and Maryland and Massachusetts and California (etc.) been working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they all so mad about people having health insurance? I don’t understand it…

Gymistokles on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

But… they have baby-burning clean power!!

faraway on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Gotta’ put this up…the indomitable Moe Lane’s rendition of “Cover Oregon”. He did this back in Oct, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hn61GoT2oA

lineholder on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

its scary how few people will recognize those names. We are doomed.

avi natan on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Weisse engel.

And some will make sure the memory never dies. We are never doomed until we surrender.

M240H on April 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Find out what you are good at and go with it.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Think of the dumbest person [healthcare dot gov] you have ever met in your entire life. Then imagine how dumb [cover oregon] someone would have to be to make that person [healthcare dot gov] look like a genius.

VorDaj on April 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix.

 
This could’ve all been avoided if those smart people didn’t have to compromise so much in order to get (R)s to cooperate when passing Obamacare.

rogerb on April 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

“one important unresolved question is whether people who have just chosen health plans through Cover Oregon will need to sign up a second time in the federal system for their new coverage to continue beyond this year”

Great, now Obama gets to count those people twice! Obamacare numbers just keep soaring.

Johnnyreb on April 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

VorDaj on April 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Golf Clap.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Heh! A Liberal once told me that the reason socialized medicine across the globe wasn’t turning out to be the utopian version of health care that progressives have always presented it as being is…you’ll love this…because other nations weren’t doing it right.

She said, “That’s why America HAS to do this…so we can show them how to do it right”

The fact that socialized medicine itself is established on a faulty premise (i.e. that government doesn’t spend money wisely) played no part in the lack of success, mind you. Not at all.

lineholder on April 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

At this point, what difference does it make?

txdoc on April 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I could have saved them $50 million and produced an equally good web site!

I would have gladly tried for a $quarter BILLION.

txdoc on April 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Well yep Obamacare is sure settled not exactly….

sorrowen on April 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

lineholder on April 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I’ve cut this thing twice and it is still too short. But the next guy can cut it a couple of times more.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

This could’ve all been avoided if those smart people didn’t have to compromise so much in order to get (R)s to cooperate when passing Obamacare.

rogerb on April 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

If this wasn’t a copy of Romneycare and the Heritage plan it would’ve worked.

oldroy on April 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The consensus is that Obama-democrat Care is settled science.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Yeah, exactly!

Just goes to show how truly OCD Liberals are about the glory days of the New Deal.

lineholder on April 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Oregon Ducks Responsibility

fogw on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

ISWYD.

Three guesses on what’s going to be the QOTD. First two don’t count.

rbj on April 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

…officials have been trying to figure out exactly how they managed to crash and burn so dramatically with a budget of $300 million for the entire endeavor.

Dude! Like, time for a bong break! Worry about it later! No big deal!

GarandFan on April 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

…officials have been trying to figure out exactly how they managed to crash and burn so dramatically with a budget of $300 million for the entire endeavor.

Miraculously, Oregon democrat party has a fresh influx of $150 million.

jukin3 on April 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

OT: I find it hilarious that the Green Room links still appear to the side of the page on a headlines thread. What’s it been, a month since the Green Room ceased to exist?

cptacek on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The header at the top of HotAir’s home page still says “Hotair – Politics, Culture, Media, 2012, Breaking News from a conservative viewpoint”

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Can’t wait until the SCOTUS gets the case about states on Federal exchange not eligible for subsidies. Then OcrapCare will crash and burn.

No subsidies will be available to people in those original 33 states plus Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts and any other that crater and are taken over. LOL

txdoc on April 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

…they just need more pot!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I could have saved them $50 million and produced an equally good web site!

I would have gladly tried for a $quarter BILLION.

txdoc on April 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Heck, I would have done it for $50 million and prosecutorial immunity.

talkingpoints on April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

.. and this squares with “healthcare.gov problems were caused by meanine Republican governors who wouldn’t set up exchanges” how exactly?

corona79 on April 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I would have taken $5 million and disappeared, saving them $295M.

BobMbx on April 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I have a better idea…

kick Oregon (and CA) out of the Union.

Pie in the sky being eaten by numerous gay flying unicorns oiled up and doing what Jack Donovan refers to as the “Bonobo Masturbation Society”.

God, the Left coast is insane…and …. corrupt.

KirknBurker on April 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

But they still get a ribbon, right???
hillsoftx on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Participation Awards for everyone!

EvilMonk on April 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Report: Oregon is about to give up on its ObamaCare exchange

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 one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three one hundred twenty-four one hundred twenty-five one hundred twenty-six one hundred twenty-seven one hundred twenty-eight one hundred twenty-nine one hundred thirty one hundred thirty-one one hundred thirty-two one hundred thirty-three one hundred thirty-four one hundred thirty-five one hundred thirty-six one hundred thirty-seven one hundred thirty-eight one hundred thirty-nine one hundred forty one hundred forty-one one hundred forty-two one hundred forty-three one hundred forty-four one hundred forty-five one hundred forty-six one hundred forty-seven one hundred forty-eight one hundred forty-nine one hundred fifty one hundred fifty-one one hundred fifty-two one hundred fifty-three one hundred fifty-four one hundred fifty-five one hundred fifty-six one hundred fifty-seven one hundred fifty-eight one hundred fifty-nine one hundred sixty one hundred sixty-one one hundred sixty-two one hundred sixty-three one hundred sixty-four one hundred sixty-five one hundred sixty-six one hundred sixty-seven one hundred sixty-eight one hundred sixty-nine one hundred seventy one hundred seventy-one one hundred seventy-two one hundred seventy-three one hundred seventy-four one hundred seventy-five one hundred seventy-six one hundred seventy-seven one hundred seventy-eight one hundred seventy-nine one hundred eighty one hundred eighty-one one hundred eighty-two one hundred eighty-three one hundred eighty-four one hundred eighty-five one hundred eighty-six one hundred eighty-seven one hundred eighty-eight one hundred eighty-nine one hundred ninety one hundred ninety-one one hundred ninety-two one hundred ninety-three one hundred ninety-four one hundred ninety-five one hundred ninety-six one hundred ninety-seven one hundred ninety-eight one hundred ninety-nine two hundred two hundred one two hundred two two hundred three two hundred four two hundred five two hundred six
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Just a reminder: Obamacare websites still not working right.

And that’s just a public admission. There’s no telling how many more are broken, but hidden, because it’s the backend that’s broken where the public can’t see it.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

According to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about discussions that have not been made public, leaders of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the insurance marketplaces, have firmly told Oregon officials that they did not believe they had the ability to repair the exchange themselves.

When it’s so bad that the geniuses behind healthcare.gov are telling you, “Just give it up,” you’ve pretty much reached rock bottom.

At least Covered California is working, Until you actually need medical care, and find out nobody accepts Covered California ‘customers’.

(Is ‘customer’ really the right word for mandatory enrollees?)

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Well they talked a good game, but in the end they fell on their slipped and fell

proehl on April 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

No one blows through $300 million with nothing to show for it like liberals.

IloiloKano on April 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM

How can the Federal government just ‘take over’ a state run program?

Joseph OHenry on April 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM

This is exactly what the federal government wants, to take over the implementation of obamacare and make it a single payer system. It’s starting and that is where it will finish.

Duna on April 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

So exactly what gives the federal government to “take over” an insurance exchange run by a state? Does the ACA provide funding for that? Is the state exchange in essence, part of the federal exchanges (which the ACA specifically chose not to fund? Will ALL the state exchanges be taken over by the feds with some lame excuse? Again, where’s their legal authority?

hdc77494 on April 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Sounds like they signed up another child needing a transplant.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/04/sebelius-i-cant-suspend-the-lung-transplant-rules-for-a-dying-10-year-old/

NoPain on April 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

_________________________________

Obamacare has no legitimate funding mechanism

.

The Democrats used every trick in the book to avoid actually paying for this.

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Global HAWK on April 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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Obamacare has no legitimate funding mechanism

_________________________________

A thorough review of the Obamacares’ financing problems

.

It cut the Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) Fund

It double counts money taken from the Hospital Insurance (HI) Fund.

It cuts Medicare Advantage

It relies on politically unsustainable mandates.

There are other politically unsustainable or otherwise

dishonest funding mechanisms in the bill.

Obamacare hurts businesses.

_________________________________

OBAMA — HARRY REID — NANCY PELOSY ( in regard to Obamacare ):

they increased taxes on the wealthy, added a few other small taxes,

and then got the rest of the way there by smoke and mirrors.

.

The Democrats used every trick in the book

to avoid actually paying for Obamacare.

_________________________________

Hiding the true costs of the program

.

Obamacare is simply a stalking horse for single payer

_________________________________

http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/blogs/conservative-case-against-obamacare-restatement_787111.html

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Global HAWK on April 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

It boils down to the total incompetence of the Democrat Governor of this state. He up for reelection and basically wants the people of this state to give him a pass on squandering almost $300 million dollars because of his poor leadership.

regmgr on April 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

ObamaCare is so good that …

BOSTON — Federal health care officials are balking at Gov. Deval
Patrick’s request for a permanent waiver
for small businesses from some
requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law, instead
granting the state an additional year to come into compliance.

The state now has until 2017 to transition into the federal requirements.

J_Crater on April 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Dr. Monica Wehby for USA Senate

Keep your DOCTOR, changer your senator Merkley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqHI059n90

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiSJvFeq6_I

__________________________________________

Obamacare a Catastrophe Like No Other

You cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but

a huge, historic mess.

.

There are very, very few Democrats

who would do ObamaCare over again.

Some would do something different, but they wouldn’t do this.

The cost of the blunder has been too high

in terms of policy and politics.

__________________________________________

Obamacare has no legitimate funding mechanism

A thorough review of the Obamacares’ financing problems

.

It cut the Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) Fund

It double counts money taken from the Hospital Insurance (HI) Fund.

It cuts Medicare Advantage

It relies on politically unsustainable mandates.

There are other politically unsustainable or otherwise

dishonest funding mechanisms in the bill.

Obamacare hurts businesses.

__________________________________________

The Democrats used every trick in the book

to avoid actually paying for Obamacare.

.

Hiding the true costs of the program

Obamacare is simply a stalking horse for single payer

__________________________________________

http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/blogs/conservative-case-against-obamacare-restatement_787111.html

.

Global HAWK on April 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM