House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon

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Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball. After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney's sentiment. The senators who face tough ...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Peter Courtney Wants to Dissolve Cover Oregon

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Oregon's most senior lawmaker, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), who first won election to the Legislature in 1980, usually gets what he wants, especially with Democrats in control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office. Today, Courtney said he wants Cover Oregon, the state's scandal-plagued health insurance exchange, to disappear, and he will introduce legislation next year ...   More
 
Friday, September 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Claims Cover Oregon Website Was "Ready For Release in February"

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The software giant Oracle is punching back at Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his decision to abandon the health insurance exchange website state officials spent $248 million building. In a presentation to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, Oracle claimed that the Cover Oregon website the system "is ready for release, and has been since February 2014.” The company's comments come ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon House Republicans Launch Campaign Web Site With a Cover Oregon Fiasco Mash-up

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Oregon House Republicans launched a new website today with a mash-up video poking fun at the Cover Oregon failure and its handling by Democratic leadership, including Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).The House GOP are looking to overcome the 34-26 edge now held by Democrats. The Republicans' press release calls Cover Oregon "the poster child for government incompetence ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?


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The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber Says Cover Oregon Wasn't a Waste of Money

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Gov. John Kitzhaber came by WW's offices last week to talk about his past three-plus years and his prospects for re-election in November. You can see many of the questions we put to him—and read his answers—in the Hotseat we published in today's paper.Here are two video excerpts from that interview where he answered questions about the $248 million cost of developing the Cover Oregon insurance ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

Cover Oregon Ad Agency North is Not Amused by the John Oliver Parody

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Remember when comedy host John Oliver kicked off his Sunday HBO show with some pointed jokes at the expense of failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and its whimsical advertising campaign? Oliver ran a parody of Cover Oregon's folksy sing-a-longs with a Lisa Loeb tune saluting "you stupid Oregon idiots," and everyone had a good laugh. Well, not quite everyone.The head of the Portland advertising ...   More
 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 AARON MESH

New HBO Host John Oliver Feasts on Cover Oregon Debacle

Breathtaking mountains, shitty website: "you live in a cartoon"

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John Oliver, the host of the new HBO show "Last Week Tonight," had some fun with Cover Oregon last night. "We get it, Oregon, you people live in a cartoon," Oliver said. "Everywhere you go, you hear the sound of fucking ukeleles." After trashing the beleaguered website, Oliver, a longtime correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," brought singer Lisa Loeb on to skewer Cover Oregon's ads. "Your ...   More
 
Monday, April 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon

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The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.The report comes as state officials are considering options laid out in a report from the consulting and accounting firm, Deloitte. In broad terms, the choices are to continue to try to build an Oregon system, which Deloitte has said will cost more than $25 ...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Politico on Oregon: "Obamacare's Biggest Technological Disaster"

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Politico, a Washington, D.C. publication, known for incisive, speedy journalism, recently sent a reporter to Oregon to dissect the carcass of Cover Oregon. Her findings, not surprisingly, are grisly. "Oregon had all the right ingredients for a sparkling Obamacare success story: a Democratic doctor as governor, an eager Legislature and a history of health care innovation," writes reporter Jennifer ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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