Another state health exchange bites the dust

Oregon, which has an assisted suicide bill, pulled the plug on its own state Obamacare health exchange, Cover Oregon. It was mercy killing for the website, which after nearly a quarter billion dollars of “investment” (the liberals’ favorite euphemism for government spending) was unable to enroll a single Oregonian in a health insurance policy. Samantha Masunaga of the LA Times writes:

A bill dissolving Cover Oregon, the state's dysfunctional health insurance exchange, has been signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

The measure, which had bipartisan support, transfers responsibilities for the Oregon exchange to the state Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The decision was announced in a nine-word tweet from Brown's account, which said simply: "This afternoon I signed Senate Bill 1 into law." She signed the legislation Friday.

Oregonians will now have to use healthcare.gov, the federal government’s exchange, which has had its own technical problems but at least functions, mostly. Depending on the outcome of King v. Burwell, currently before the Supreme Court, they may or may not be eligible for subsidies.

Responsibility for the problems experienced by the website is hotly contested.

Additional controversy erupted in August when Oracle Corp., which was hired to create the exchange, sued the state agency in charge. The company alleged a breach of contract and accused then-Gov. John Kitzhaber of attempting to “vilify the company in the media.”

The state responded with a lawsuit of its own, accusing the Redwood City, Calif., company of lying to Oregon officials, failing to deliver on contracts and filing about $240 million in false claims.

But Cover Oregon does leave one legacy: its mind-bogglingly stupid telefvision commercials, such as this cringe-inducing hippy nostaligia:

 

But for real connoisseurs of irony, nothing can top this one, adding up all the things one could buy with the promised “savings” from Cover Oregon.

 

What could one buy for the $248 million wasted on Cover Oregon?

Oregon, which has an assisted suicide bill, pulled the plug on its own state Obamacare health exchange, Cover Oregon. It was mercy killing for the website, which after nearly a quarter billion dollars of “investment” (the liberals’ favorite euphemism for government spending) was unable to enroll a single Oregonian in a health insurance policy. Samantha Masunaga of the LA Times writes:

A bill dissolving Cover Oregon, the state's dysfunctional health insurance exchange, has been signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

The measure, which had bipartisan support, transfers responsibilities for the Oregon exchange to the state Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The decision was announced in a nine-word tweet from Brown's account, which said simply: "This afternoon I signed Senate Bill 1 into law." She signed the legislation Friday.

Oregonians will now have to use healthcare.gov, the federal government’s exchange, which has had its own technical problems but at least functions, mostly. Depending on the outcome of King v. Burwell, currently before the Supreme Court, they may or may not be eligible for subsidies.

Responsibility for the problems experienced by the website is hotly contested.

Additional controversy erupted in August when Oracle Corp., which was hired to create the exchange, sued the state agency in charge. The company alleged a breach of contract and accused then-Gov. John Kitzhaber of attempting to “vilify the company in the media.”

The state responded with a lawsuit of its own, accusing the Redwood City, Calif., company of lying to Oregon officials, failing to deliver on contracts and filing about $240 million in false claims.

But Cover Oregon does leave one legacy: its mind-bogglingly stupid telefvision commercials, such as this cringe-inducing hippy nostaligia:

 

But for real connoisseurs of irony, nothing can top this one, adding up all the things one could buy with the promised “savings” from Cover Oregon.

 

What could one buy for the $248 million wasted on Cover Oregon?