Cover Oregon was supposed to be a shining example of ObamaCare at its best.
The state insurance exchange for the state of Oregon received $300 million in federal grants to launch a state-of-the-art website. But it never worked, and not a single Oregonian was able to sign up for health care from start to finish.
So now, Oregon is in the process of pulling the plug on the site and switching over to the federal exchange and HealthCare.gov — but the question is, how quickly they can do it.
“We need to move forward and do the best thing for the people of Oregon,” Republican State Sen. Tim Knopp said, “and I think that’s ending Cover Oregon as soon as we practically can.”
Knopp and other Oregon Republicans are calling for a special session of the Legislature — since lawmakers created Cover Oregon, only the Legislature can end it. But Democrats control the Legislature and the governor’s office, and they’re pushing back against Republicans’ demand, and would rather wait until the 2015 session convenes in February to complete the transition.