Cover Oregon, Oregon’s state Obamacare exchange website, is not doing well. In fact, it’s so unwell that the state’s Republican lawmakers have suggested abandoning the exchange once and for all:
State Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) said Wednesday he has sent a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber urging him to close down the failed “Cover Oregon” health care exchange.
“Cover Oregon is a huge and costly failure and a national embarrassment for Oregon,” Conger wrote. “Members of the Legislature, including me, had to decide between a Federal Government exchange or one Oregon-controlled. We opted for local control.
“We put our trust in your administration to execute a functional healthcare exchange and you have failed. It is unacceptable to waste more taxpayer money on a failed system that will never work as promised.”
Conger says there may be as much as $304 million in federal funding for the state exchange which Oregon still has not touched. He wants Kitzhaber to return the unused funds so it can be put toward the national debt, and place Cover Oregon in the hands of the private sector.
What a massive waste of taxpayer money Cover Oregon has been.