Oregon Has Spent $304 Million On ObamaCare Website, Yet to Enroll One Person

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Well, at least someone has gotten around to asking questions.

Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously.

Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts where Democratic governors embraced the healthcare law, and are demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch.

On Wednesday, four Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants that Oregon received to build its broken website.

“The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability,” wrote the group of lawmakers led by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

The scrutiny of the state enrollment portals is a shift from October, when the federal site HealthCare.Gov was out of service but state-run exchanges in California, New York and even red Kentucky appeared to be humming along.

But several states are having major problems with their ObamaCare sites.

In Oregon, not even one person has yet to enroll online, leaving the state completely reliant on paper applications.

Walden and the other lawmakers are laying the groundwork to claw-back some of the state’s $304 million in grants if Oregon decides to abandon its state-run exchange and join the federal system.

“With the March 31 deadline for open enrollment fast approaching, the state of Oregon will need to make a decision on the fate of Cover Oregon soon,” the letter to the GAO reads. “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability.”

Accountability? With Obama in office? Good luck with that.

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8 Responses to “Oregon Has Spent $304 Million On ObamaCare Website, Yet to Enroll One Person”

  1. LaZrtx on 17/17/14 at 1:30 pm

    One day everyone will get a clue. With anything Obama. It’s not about getting what is paid for. It’s about creating a fund of monies that can be stolen and redirected back into the Dem political machine.

  2. MaIsTheStateOfConfusion on 18/18/14 at 9:20 am

    What’s sad is Massachusetts had a working site for Romneycare and somehow failed to hire the people which built that website. So the one state with previous experience building and running a healthcare insurance exchange and subsidy website completely squandered existing infrastructure and expertise to the tune of tens of millions of, if not more, dollars.

  3. JEFFCOMO on 18/18/14 at 11:34 am

    Oregon should pay back every single cent of the 304 million dollars to the federal taxpayers.NOW. No product or services rendered, no payment.

  4. jpintx on 18/18/14 at 12:48 pm

    Note to Jonathan Easley, the author being quoted….learn to write.

    1) second paragraph, “Lawmakers are setting their SITES on….”, the word is sights.

    2) seventh paragraph, “In Oregon, not even one person has yet to enroll…”, did it not occur to you when typing this that you had a few to many words in it? How about, “In Oregon, not even one person has enrolled…..” or “In Oregon, so far, no one has enrolled….”.
    Do you get paid by the pound?

    Sorry for the off subject rant, but it is painful to read the terrible writing put out by reporters these days.

  5. IronyNazi on 18/18/14 at 1:58 pm

    Note to jpintx:
    Instead of “you had a few to many words”, perhaps you meant “you had a few too many words”?

  6. BenDoubleCrossed on 18/18/14 at 3:16 pm

    Perfect example of government saving taxpayers money. Wasn’t government that decided we as a people were spending too much money on healthcare?

    Credit to Regan: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

  7. Cindy Mccoy on 18/18/14 at 8:16 pm

    Do you know how many sick people 304 million dollars would have helped???? And it is all wasted!!!!!!!! Our tax dollars wasted!!!!!!! And NO ONE IS TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for it!!!!!! Just plain sick. Please demand that s0me one be held accountable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!