Over four months and $300 million dollars later, the state of Oregon has yet to successfully sign anyone up for ObamaCare online.
Oregon Rep. and NRCC Chairman Greg Walden is leading the effort to investigate what is going on, writing that “the catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability.”
The federal government issued a $305 million grant to kick-start the enrollment process and has so far spent $165 million on the state exchange’s website. Turns out, that still isn’t enough taxpayer dollars to get ObamaCare working in the state.
Breitbart reported that CNBC asked Cover Oregon for an explanation of the website’s failure. Spokeswoman Ariane Holm responded, “We are aware of this and have no further comment.”
Not only has the government dumped an enormous amount of federal dollars into the state’s exchange for enrollment purposes, but even worse, Cover Oregon has failed to explain to the people why the exchange is still is not up and running. Not only is ObamaCare a train wreck for patients, it’s a train wreck for taxpayers.
More than four months after its scheduled launch and despite receiving $305 million in federal grants and spending at least $160 million on the website, Cover Oregon has not enrolled anyone.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and other leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the General Accountability Office, stating, “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability.”
The letter notes that the Obamacare federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, and the various state exchanges “have encountered numerous problems.” Yet, according to Walden, Cover Oregon, the healthcare exchange for the state of Oregon, may have won the booby prize.
“Although the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been problematic nationwide, no state has had more complications than Oregon,” Walden and the other congressmen wrote. “Oregon’s state exchange website, Cover Oregon, has been such a technological failure that even now, months after the start of the open enrollment period, the site is unable to enroll anyone.”