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Cover Oregon to spend another $1 mil to advertise program that doesn’t work

After the disastrous roll out, they didn't spend money advertising the disastrous product.
After the disastrous roll out of this product, they didn’t spend money to advertise it.

 *This post has been changed to reflect a change in  the person previously mentioned was a “friend.” That person has asked me to change the information so that they are not targeted because they’re friends with a conservative.  I’ve changed the reference to protect them.*

The OrBamaCare–Cover Oregon–website doesn’t work, but state spends another million to advertise extended deadline and tout success. Alas, ‘success’ doesn’t describe friend’s experience.

Cover Oregon’s executives have been summarily fired or “let go” because the OrBamaCare program and its website don’t work. At all. But that isn’t stopping the state from spending another $1 million to advertise extra time to sign up for a program that doesn’t work. That’s $9.3 million in all for the ad budget (that we know of). I’m sure the taxpayers couldn’t have found a higher and better use for that money had they been allowed to keep it in the first place.

I’ve never heard of Ben Gay Aspirin. Nobody has. It sucked, that’s why. The Ben Gay people didn’t say in the marketing meeting, ‘Hey, well, it’s an utter disaster, so let’s spend more money to tout what a disaster it is.’ Whatever happened to WebTV, anyway Microsoft? Seen any advertising for that lately? New Coke was a disaster. When it died Coke didn’t spend more money advertising how Bic underweardisastrous it was. Bic underwear? Bic underwear? 

But disastrous product rollouts be damned when it comes to government spending other peoples’ money!  The new web, TV and online campaign tells of the successes of OrBamaCare recipients and how, the program is such a success they’re giving you more time to sign up! The success stories of “Ron”, “Gilberto”, “Judy”, “Amy”, “Katrina”, “Cory and Doris”, “Bayo” and “Andrea” seem to contrast with hundreds of thousands of other Oregonians who haven’t been able to sign up–including my acquaintance, who will remain unnamed.

The unnamed woman emailed me to tell me her story. In short it goes something like this:

She tried to sign up for OrBamaCare online.

She thought it worked.

She was told she had insurance.

The state screwed up her info.

It didn’t work.

She kept trying by herself.

It didn’t work.

Then she called and got a “community agent” or “navigator” to get signed up online. 

She was told she had insurance.

It didn’t work.

She called again.

She was told she had insurance.

Now she doesn’t believe them.

Apparently, this is success worth advertising.

Because the website is a disaster and doesn’t work, Cover Oregon says the only way you can sign up for OrBamaCare is to go online and find a “community agent” who has the double-secret-probation-prime-directive-password. Cover Oregon helpfully suggested a place to go online to get said “community agent.” This is what I got.

Cover Oregon website oops

Oregon woman receives personal info of strangers in OrBamaCare packet

HT @Daylightdis

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the tale of 55 year old Valarie Henderson who says she received in the mail the personal information of someone else in HER packet from Cover Oregon. 

On Wednesday, she found in her mail a packet from Cover Oregon. The cover letter asked her to fill in the missing information in her application. But as she flipped through the pages, she was shocked to see that along with her own application were pages from other people’s applications, as well.

“On them were names, birth dates, income and social security information of people she had never heard of.

“I felt sorry for these people,” Henderson said at her home Thursday. “I haven’t even thought of all the repercussions.””


Merkley’s meeting with Obama misses point of why Americans are upset with ObamaCare

merkleySenator Jeff Merkley of Oregon has come away from his meeting with President Obama having missed the point of Americans’ anger with ObamaCare. According to an AP report of the meeting, 

“After the meeting, Merkley issued a statement, saying, “I am very frustrated with the rollout of the exchanges. The dysfunction and delays are unacceptable.” “This will not be resolved until Americans can, day after day, sign on to the health marketplace, review their options, and complete their applications.”

This is Merkley’s ‘whistling past the graveyard’ moment. These Senators are upset the horrible roll-out of ObamaCare may interfere with their re-elections in 2014. The point Merkley refuses to concede, however, is the computer failure isn’t the biggest problem with ObamaCare. So far 4.2 million people have had their current insurance canceled because the President and his health czars don’t like the policies. Merkley feigns outrage that people are upset they can’t get their ‘free’ health care. Bunk. 

Where he’s right is the unfairness of a problem of his and the Democrats own making. Americans are being being cut off from their insurance, deprived the ability to sign up for a new policy, and then being fined for their lack of it because of the White House timeline.

“Moreover, citizens who cannot sign up until after January 1st due to the dysfunction of state or national online health markets should have the ability to establish coverage retroactively to January 1st.  No one should experience a gap in coverage through no fault of their own.”


It’s worth noting that Merkley was one of ObamaCare’s big cheerleaders. He helped with the late night cram down of this seizure of 1/6 of the American economy. Aside from the computer catastrophe, Merkley knew exactly what would be wrought with the passage of ObamaCare: People would lose choice, forced off their current plans and  forced to sign up for a government blessed (and soon-to-be government run) insurance program. And he’s fine with government’s total control over our person. Just fine with it. 

Remember THAT at election time.