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OrBamaCare robocalls Oregonians: You’re now Un-Covered, Oregon

The indignities of Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–continue apace. First, the government bobbleheads smuggly insisted Oregon’s early adaption to ObamaCare would be the best thing for all Oregonians. Then, they began having fun with logos, marketing and expensive commercials,

Then they pretended everything was fine, until, it turns out it wasn’t. There was no product to sell because the website wouldn’t work. No worries, said Cover Oregon chief Rocky King, we’ll do it alllllll by hand! We’ll have people fill out their health histories and wallet biopsies by hand and input it that information, uh—where are we inputting that information again? Oh, yes! the website that doesn’t work! Rocky is on “medical leave” with a case of the sniffles and now the CIO of the website is gone–fired this week. Did I say fired? I mean resigned. And the governor has called for a review of a program he didn’t bother to review himself. Finally now we have the coup de grace which basically is: remember that program you thought you signed up for? Yeah, about that…

From HotAir,

How did Oregon manage to go from one of the most enthusiastically pro-ObamaCare, gung-ho exchange-builders in the country to these shambles of lost administrative dignity? Two of their highest-ranking officials in charge of coordinating what they for months advertised as what would be a smooth, online, and hipster-friendly insurance-buying experience are already on the outs, and the 400 or so navigators they hired when they realized (too late) that they were in over their heads haven’t been quite enough to cope with the logistical struggle of signing people up for government-run insurance minus a functional website.

Er… why are they just telling insurance-seeking Oregonians this now? If they really have 11,000 people now enrolled in private plans, then they have been making some very slow but steady progress on the larger heap of applications they have going over the past week or so — but they must have known for awhile now that there was no way in heck they were going to be able to process the lot of the applications submitted by December 23rd in time to begin coverage January 1st, what with the slow and often erroneous processing that is part and parcel of doing things via paper application.

Merry Christmas! Remember when you could just buy your own insurance? 

McCain: Cover Oregon COVER UP

Eds note:  The Obama Administration, through its Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius, has been  hiding the bad news about ObamaCare by silencing its partners. As Bruce McCain reports here, the same thing is happening in Oregon with OrBamaCare. 

OrBamaCare website

In September of this year, Rocky King, then Executive Director of Cover Oregon, warned state legislators at a joint committee that the planned October 1 roll-out of the program would not go as planned. “It’s not going to be a beautiful implementation,” confessed King, in what should earn King the “Understatement of the Year” award. Indeed, the implementation of Cover Oregon has been an unmitigated disaster, despite $300 million of federal tax dollars poured into the program.

Even incumbent governor John Kitzhaber, who recently announced his re-election bid, acknowledges thatCover Oregon will be a political impediment for him to overcome, despite his substantial Democratic electoral advantage in Blue Oregon. While the media have been predictably slow to criticize Cover Oregon’s abject failure, the silence from those who contracted with Cover Oregon to implement the plan has been oddly conspicuous. Now we know why.

Third party status reports on the Cover Oregon implementation indicate the state knew as early as November 2012 that it would never meet its planned and announced October 1 deadline. Meanwhile, the state was entering into contracts with “community partners” who would do the groundwork required to implement Cover Oregon. When it became apparent that Cover Oregon would not only fail to meet its October 1 deadline, but also fail to even go live online, the state realized it had a public relations catastrophe on its hands that even a $28 million ad campaign could not cover over.

So in October, Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority quietly created and issued a one-page“Community Partner Confidentiality Agreement” that prohibited contracted partners, including their directors, officers, employees, agents, staff, volunteers and affiliates from making “any false, misleading, deceptive, libelous, defamatory, or obscene statements, written or oral, to the public or to Community Partner’s potential or actual clientele regarding Cover Oregon and its board, officers or employees.”

This non-disparagement agreement was so secret that Cover Oregon officials were confident enough to deny its very existence when asked about it by KXL News. However, when the producer of the Lars Larson Show specifically asked for a copy of the “Cover Oregon Community Partner Confidentiality Agreement,” state officials complied and sent a copy of the same document provided earlier by a confidential source. Both my office and KXL have made public records requests for a list of all parties required or requested to sign these agreements. [Disclaimer: I provide legal analysis and on-air commentary for Alpha Broadcasting, which includes KXL News and the Lars Larson Show].

Bruce McCain is a lawyer, member of the Reynolds School Board, retired Multnomah Sheriff’s Captain, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. He keeps the blog Oregon Oracle where this post first appeared.

OrBamaCare mess makes Cover Oregon director sick; takes medical leave

Rocky King leaves today after disastrous roll out of OrBamaCare.

OrBamaCare chief Rocky King
Rocky in the middle.

The governor’s office made the announcement about King yesterday, but the governor could not comment on camera, citing a case of the sniffles. 

The Cover Oregon Board said it would begin looking for an interim executive director during King’s leave of absence. Bruce Goldberg, M.D. will serve as director until the position can be filled, the state said.

OrBamaCare website
The website that made Rocky King sick.

King’s leave is for three months. But the state is looking for a new “interim” director. 


I’ll give credit here to the Citizen Journalists who haven’t let Rocky and his boss, Governor John Kitzhaber, skate on the tough questions. “Laughing at Liberals” and “Daylight Disinfectant” followed the governor to ask him questions about the disastrous roll out of OrBamaCare. The governor responded by siccing the police on them. It turns out they were making the boss look bad which may have precipitated today’s move. See their stories and other coverage here:










OrBamaCare’s computer fail blamed on Obama

Cover Oregon officials ask feds for help for failed computer program, receive none.OrbamaCare Rocky

At the Cover Oregon board meeting on Thursday, November 13th, Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant recorded this exchange between the board and Rocky King, Executive Director of the failure-to-launch health exchange program. The discussion shows Oregon is failing to get any help from the feds to fix its disastrous health care exchange computer program.


Rocky King: “We went to the feds. The feds offered any kind of assistance they could give us. We said we want an architectural engineer that is familiar and knowledgeable about the Oracle thing to come in and do some of the things that actually and actually we’re asking (unintelligible) to do, too. And, uh, they couldn’t.”

Rocky’s Assistant: “They haven’t got back with us. They haven’t said they aren’t able to do it, but they have not responded (untelligible).”

Rocky: “The other thing we asked for, uh, is independent testers. Uh, we asked for six independent,uh… they did come back and say [looks at other guy] no to the testers…[looks again for help from other guy]

Assistant: “No testers at this point. But they’ll, uh, track it.”

Rocky: “You know, so it’s really fun because [gesticulates with arms] because a lot of people… I mean, we’ve put out feelers on this stuff and we’ve… Uh, the feds came to us saying ‘tell us what you need, we’ll get it to you’ and we’re working with them and it’s just been tough.”obamacare Oregon

There are a couple of things to consider here. Maybe King’s a computer genius and I’m just unaware, but it doesn’t inspire confidence to hear the man in charge of the Covered Oregon website calling the system “the Oracle thing.” OrBamaCare’s commercials have invoked Oregon’s state motto, “She flies with her own wings.”  But when actually getting the system to work, it appears the Oregon folks expected the feds to swoop in to their rescue. Maybe they were so busy patting themselves on the backs for being an early adapter to Obama’s take over of the medical system they forgot to figure out how they were going to implement it. 

The clock is ticking. More than 100 thousand Oregonians are in the first wave of people kicked off their health insurance. They must reacquire insurance by mid December or be fined by ObamaCare’s enforcers, the IRS. So far not one person has been signed up via the Covered Oregon computer program, so the state has required people to fill out a 20 page questionnaire, complete with wallet biopsy, by hand. The state has given its 400 newly hired workers 45 days to process each one. You do the math.

Each OrBamaCare application will take month and a half to process; alimony and pension info required

H/T to Pete the Banker who called my attention to this latest story about OrBamaCare.

OrbamaCare drudge
Photo from Oregon Catalyst

We knew it was bad, but Oregon’s OrBamaCare debacle is sending the meter to ‘Absurd’ status. Oregon is dead last in the ObamaCare sign ups. The state has signed up NO ONE. Now the governor has hired 400 people to fill out applications the old fashioned way: paper and pen. But, as we find out from Roll Call, the Kaiser Health News has looked into Oregon’s debacle,

“Oregon has yet to enroll one single person, and it’s been reduced to pawing through paper applications to figure out eligibility… The paper application is 20 pages long and asks for everything from names and the number of people in your household, to pension contributions and alimony payments.

“Cover Oregon’s current guess on when the site will be fully running is by the end of November. So far, it has a stack of 7,300 paper applications, with more coming in each day.”

And when are the paper pushers at Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare--expecting to process these applications? 

 It has 45 days to process each one, but it hopes to do it quicker.

At the Cover Oregon website, insurance seekers are given ONE HOUR to fill out their application,

At this time, it isn’t possible to save this form and come back to it later. Once you start filling out this application online, you will have 1 hour to complete it. After 1 hour, your information will be lost and you will need to start over.

State workers are given a month and a half to fill out the same paper work you were given one hour to fill out. My, my, we’ve certainly set a low bar.