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Cover Oregon Facing Rough Trail

- November 26, 2013

Politico Headline: "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure'" (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

  • "Oregon Once Led The Country In Implementing ObamaCare. Now It's Just About Dead Last." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)
     
  • Oregon "Is Enduring One Of The Rockiest Rollouts" Of Obama's Signature Achievement. "Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead." (Jonathan Kaminsky, "Oregon Health Care Exchange Website Never Worked, Has No Subscribers," Reuters, 11/20/13)

Nearly Two Months After Oregon's ObamaCare Website Went Live, Not One Person Has Signed Up

Oregon's ObamaCare Exchange Website Has Yet To Sign Up One Person For Health Coverage. "Not one person has yet enrolled in the Cover Oregon insurance exchange - a major embarrassment to state policymakers who early on had wholeheartedly embraced the Affordable Care Act even as other states tried their best to hinder it." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

Cover Oregon Officials Are "Scrambling" To Fix The Site And Are Hoping That Online Enrollment Will Begin In Mid-December. "After repeatedly delaying its website's enrollment feature because of technical problems, exchange officials are still scrambling. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced new efforts Friday toward that goal, but mid-December is the soonest officials expect online enrollment could be available, and even that date is in doubt." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

  • Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber Has Hinted That The Website May Not Be Fixed This Year. "Gov. John Kitzhaber has said the exchange website may not be fixed before Dec. 31. So, officials are now urging people who need or want insurance to fill out a 19-page paper application or an online PDF and return it as soon as possible." (Gosia Wozniacka, "Cover Oregon Plans 400 New Hires," The Associated Press, 11/12/13)
     
  • A Democrat State Representative Is Not Confident The ObamaCare Exchange Will Be Ready In December. "In fact, few people have much optimism that much progress will take place within the coming weeks. 'I hope we get there but I don't have a lot of confidence we'll be there by the middle of December,' said state Rep. John Lively, a Democrat from Springfield." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

Oregonians Are Being Told To Sign Up For ObamaCare Via Paper Applications, But Software Glitches And Fax Machines Have Halted The Sign-Up Process

"The Only Way To Sign Up For Coverage Through The State-Run Program Is Via Paper." "Until then, the only way to sign up for coverage through the state-run program is via paper - a very long way from where Oregon had originally envisioned itself this far into open-enrollment season. The breakdown illustrates how even a gung-ho, tech-savvy state can stumble badly while attempting to expand coverage." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

  • "The State Hasn't Been Able To Finish Processing" Even One Paper Application. "The state has been throwing significant resources into its backup plan, assigning hundreds of workers to deal with the paper applications, yet making little headway. Nearly 30,000 individuals and families have applied via paper, but the state hasn't been able to finish processing even one submission. And simply trying to turn in the application itself has some people exasperated." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

But Software Glitches That Determine Federal Subsidies Has Hindered The Paper Application Process. "The announcement comes amid worries that Cover Oregon could run out of time to sign up enough Oregonians by the Dec. 15 deadline for those who need coverage starting in January. Software glitches have prevented the website from accurately determining whether people qualify for federal subsidies or publicly funded health care." (Gosia Wozniacka, "Cover Oregon Plans 400 New Hires," The Associated Press, 11/12/13)

Democrat State Representative Brian Clem: "Everybody's Grousing, Including Me, Because I Can't Get The Damn Fax Machine To Answer." "'Everybody's grousing, including me, because I can't get the damn fax machine to answer,' said state Rep. Brian Clem. The Democrat has been unsuccessfully trying to enroll his mother-in-law, who has Lou Gehrig's disease." (Paige Winfield Cunningham, "Oregon's ObamaCare Sign-Up Is An 'Epic Failure,'" Politico, 11/26/13)

As Oregon's ObamaCare Website Has Failed To Launch, Oregonians' Personal Information Has Been Compromised

"Oregon's Troubled Health Insurance Exchange Has Discovered Two More Instances In Which Personal Information Of Applicants Was Sent To The Wrong People." ("Cover Oregon Discloses 2 More Security Breaches,"The Associated Press, 11/25/13)

  • The Recent Breaches Mark The Third Incident In Which Personal Information Such As "Birthdates And Information About Social Security And Income" Went To The Wrong Person. "The incidents revealed Monday bring the total number of the known security breaches to three. A Salem woman said last week that she received pages of the applications of two strangers, including names, birthdates and information about Social Security and income. Cover Oregon says similar incidents were reported on Tuesday and Friday." ("Cover Oregon Discloses 2 More Security Breaches," The Associated Press, 11/25/13)

Oregon's ObamaCare Failure Has Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Running From ObamaCare

Facing Reelection Next Year, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Has Distanced Himself From The ObamaCare Rollout. "It's not just red-state Democrats, like Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, distancing themselves from the law. It's blue-state senators like Oregon's Jeff Merkley and New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen -- and top blue-state recruits like Michigan's Gary Peters and Iowa's Bruce Braley, who voted for GOP legislation Friday that the White House said would 'gut' the law." (Josh Kraushaar, "Why ObamaCare Is On Life Support," National Journal, 11/18/13)


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