Monday, February 17, 2014

Oregon's Obamacare Website received $160 Million and hasn't properly signed up a single Person

Despite receiving $160 million in taxpayer money, Oregon's ObamaCare website has yet to properly sign up a single person for health care. 
There could be consequences. An Oregon legislator has gone to the FBI. Top officials have resigned. The state is investigating. And on Thursday, Republicans in Congress called for a federal probe.
In a letter to the comptroller general of the United States, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to find out where the money went, and if the feds could get it back. Walden told Fox News if Oregon's health care website were a car, it'd be a lemon. 
"It's like a car that has no tires, no engine, no steering wheel -- the doors are locked and you can't get in," he said. 
It wasn't supposed to be like this. With a strong high-tech community in Portland and a progressive reputation, Oregon was an early, enthusiastic adopter of the Affordable Care Act. The state has been working toward a health care exchange since 2002 and was one of the first states to pass a law creating one.
More than $300 million in federal dollars have come to Oregon from taxpayers all over the country, in the form of grants with names like the "Early Innovator Grant." Oregon ranks third among all states in grants to implement the ACA, despite being near the middle in population. 
Still, the website doesn't work. Sixteen states created their own health insurance exchanges, including websites where residents can go to shop for health insurance. The federal government runs the exchange for the remaining states at
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