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Oregon ACA exchange still 0 for October

posted at 1:54 pm on October 25, 2013 by

Just a friendly reminder that ObamaCare problems aren’t just limited to the federal exchange.  In Oregon, the state-run exchange has yet to enroll even one person yet, and no one is really sure when that will change:

Officials for Oregon’s health insurance exchange on Thursday reported some progress, but acknowledged a major fix to the problem-plagued site may not happen this month as hoped.The website still has not enrolled anyone.

Earlier this month officials at Cover Oregon said they expected the site to let insurance agents and certified application assisters to enroll people by Halloween.

Spokesman Michael Cox said that timeline is now a goal, rather than an expectation. “We’re not going to rush out a system that we are not satisfied with.”

The latest update on timing of the fix — arguably the biggest facing coveroregon.com — comes after the site initially was supposed to let consumers enroll themselves beginning Oct. 1. That was changed to letting only insurance agents and application assisters enroll people through the site. Then the state announced that plan, too, would be postponed, but that the problem preventing agents from enrolling clients likely would be fixed by the end of October.

As of Wednesday, Cover Oregon had processed a whopping 34 applications. By hand.

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ConDem on October 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I live in Oregon, and had to endure the most idiotic commercials, for this fiasco, that I have EVER seen…
http://watchdog.org/94806/obamacares-confusing-so-hipster-oregon-sings-you-a-song/

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Obviously Oregon insurance companies need to start cancelling policies.

rbj on October 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Howdy, neighbor! FWIW, they should have called it coveredoregon (like covered wagons). That, or bendoregon or drainoregon.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

“We’re not going to rush out a system that we are not satisfied with.”

Unlike HHS.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Paging Dr. Kitzhaber…

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Howdy, neighbor! FWIW, they should have called it coveredoregon (like covered wagons). That, or bendoregon or drainoregon.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Or Burnsoregon, but definately not Indepenanceoregon.

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Nice!

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Or Burnsoregon, but definately not Indepenanceoregon.

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Flukedoregon?

Turtle317 on October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Howdy, neighbor! FWIW, they should have called it coveredoregon (like covered wagons). That, or bendoregon or drainoregon.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I’m in Bend, where are you? Are you on FB?
https://www.facebook.com/teresa.yeisley

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Am a transplanted Iowan…since April…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Am a transplanted Iowan…since April…

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Do not travel West beyond the Cascades, that is the forbidden zone of h8.

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

PDX metro. No FB, but happy to share some faves with you on a QOTD thread, newcomer. I’m an invasive species, too–the worst kind. SoCal native.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Oregon is racist

The Notorious G.O.P on October 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Any Oregonians seen the Cover Oregon “LONG LIVE OREGONIANS” billboards? Got cute “RX warnings” like “May cause happiness”. Ehhhh…

My sister is an insurance agent in Oregon – she says “All we can do is take a paper application and fax it in. Then who knows what happens to it.” I can just picture a thermal paper fax machine, spitting forms into a big cart on wheels. Cart fills up, roll another one in!

She also said Cover Oregon was supposed to have a webinar for insurance agents today, but it was postponed (surprise!) until next Thursday.

She told me previously an astounding number of people (now) qualify for Medicaid. She refers them to the county health department, since there’s no money in it for her. I’m sure THAT part of PPACA is working JUST FINE.

Marcola on October 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Born in Baker City in 1950. Oregon used to pride itself on its independence. Californians moved in and brought their insanity with them. West of the Cascade mountains is a cesspool of liberalism dictating to the rest of the state. Such a shame.

Jackson on October 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Obviously the Republicans are sabotaging the site because it was designed by the smartest people ever.

Grunt on October 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Born in Baker City in 1950. Oregon used to pride itself on its independence. Californians moved in and brought their insanity with them. West of the Cascade mountains is a cesspool of liberalism dictating to the rest of the state. Such a shame.

Jackson on October 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Did this start with Bill Walton?

Freddy on October 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Jackson on October 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Yeah, it is. Remember to blame your fellow webfoot and mossback for selling out, too.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Born in Baker City in 1950. Oregon used to pride itself on its independence. Californians moved in and brought their insanity with them. West of the Cascade mountains is a cesspool of liberalism dictating to the rest of the state. Such a shame.

Jackson on October 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Oregon motto is “She flies with her own wings” and one of the commercials employed a similar theme. For a program that represents the ultimate in govt dependency. Sigh.

PortlandJon on October 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

As of Wednesday, Cover Oregon had processed a whopping 34 applications. By hand.

Isn’t this the same state that manages it’s elections by mail (fraud)?

virgo on October 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Rut Row!

More legal trouble for Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON— If computer glitches are not enough of a problem, President Obama’s healthcare law also has a legal glitch that critics say could cause it to unravel in more than half the nation.

The Affordable Care Act proposes to make health insurance affordable to millions of low-income Americans by offering them tax credits to help cover the cost. To receive the credit, the law twice says they must buy insurance “through an exchange established by the state.”

But 36 states have decided against opening exchanges for now. Although the law permits the federal government to open exchanges instead, it does not say tax credits may be given to those who buy insurance through a federally run exchange.

Apparently no one noticed this when the long and complicated bill worked its way through the House and Senate. Last year, however, the Internal Revenue Service tried to remedy it by putting out a regulation that redefined “exchange” to include a “federally facilitated exchange.” This is “consistent with the language, purpose and structure … of the act as a whole,” the Treasury Department said……

Can anyone say “executive order”?

Rovin on October 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Lefties of Oregon who impose rules & regulations like crack-heads are OK with unlimited government intrusion on its people but don’t want Obamacare pushed on them? What’s going on?

RdLake on October 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Paging Dr. Kitzhaber…

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’m sorry, Dr. No is not available at the moment. He’s too busy giving away state money to his girlfriend’s environmental firm. Please leave a message after the beep and Gov. Retread will get back to you just as soon as its… error 404.

I love how they call him a doctor still. The man has been a full time politician for 20+ years now. His first term as a state rep was in 1978 for pete’s sake. He was an ER doc for 13 years total.

oryguncon on October 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

The State of Jefferson can’t get here too soon. Let’s rid ourselves of the tyranny of the SoCal controlled valleys in BOTH states.

Scribbler on October 27, 2013 at 2:39 AM