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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oregon Ducks Obamacare

"I think we're in really good shape here in Oregon. Do we have some problems? Yes. Are we concerned? Of course. But I believe we'll come through this very well," says Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
What do you imagine really bad shape looks like? 
The news account actually says of the governor, "He acknowledged there are technical problems with the website." Technical problems you bet! Oregon has yet to enroll a single person in Obamacare which, I suppose, from from some points of view is laudable but that wasn't its stated goal. The website is more challenged than as the governor is hoping to have CoverOregon up and running by December 1, leaving applicants a full 15 days to avoid violating the individual mandate. So far 22 people have filled out paper applications.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported Wednesday that about 150,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual health care plans will see their plans canceled by the end of the year because the plans don't measure up to Obamacare standards. As far as death panels are concerned Oregon is ahead of the curve. It is the only state in the union to have a two year waiting period on transplants for previously uninsured people but that bit of forward thinking and cost saving may be negated by Obamacare.
No train wreak here!

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