Mar
04
2015
4

My watchdog.org post on Cover Oregon is up.

Link here.  Short version: clearly Cover Oregon once offended a gypsy or violated a mummy’s tomb or possibly didn’t kiss up enough to a Greek god.  It’s the only way to explain why that site has become a karmic chew toy.  Especially since now it’s got King v. Burwell hanging over its head by a thread…

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t know how King v. Burwell is going to be decided, and neither does anybody else.

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Jun
23
2014
2

Oracle claims John Kitzhaber killed eventually-functional Cover Oregon site for political purposes.

@BrianFaughnan calls this story ‘Flaming Skull’-worthy, and I am inclined to agree:

Software vendor Oracle provided information last week to the U.S. House and Energy Committee claiming the website was operational in February, but that the state of Oregon pulled the plug on it for political reasons.

[snip]

“Cover Oregon executives have stated to Oracle that the application functionality is sufficient to support individual enrollment,” Oracle president Safra Catz wrote in a letter addressed to Cover Oregon interim director Clyde Hamstreet and state CIO Alex Pettit. “However, Cover Oregon has not agreed to give individuals direct access to the application. Thus Cover Oregon, not Oracle, made the decision to keep the exchange closed to individuals even though the functionality has been delivered by Oracle.”

The allegation here – and it’s unusually blunt, too – from Oracle is that they were given the boot despite their allegedly eventually having a working system because: a, competitor Deloitte Consulting provided a self-serving analysis of the situation; and b, Governor John Kitzhaber is planning to run for a fourth term on how shocked, shocked! he is that there was incompetence going on at this establishment.  Katu.com says that the presentation didn’t point any fingers, but it’s hard how you define this: (more…)

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Apr
24
2014
13

Welp: Cover Oregon has died.

 

Hold on, let me make this clear. Cover Oregon is no more. (more…)

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Apr
05
2014
3

Report: it will take $45M and almost two years to ‘fix’ Cover Oregon.

That’s under current conditions (keep the database, keep current vendor Oracle), at least according to the Deloitte Development report that the state of Oregon commissioned on how to get from under the horrible state exchange disaster inflicted on Oregon by Governor John Kitzhaber and his fellow Democrats. Reading the report, it looks like Deloitte’s recommendation would be that Oregon simply cut Cover Oregon loose and join the federal exchange. As the Oregonian noted:

Oregon could hook up to the federal exchange far sooner and for a fraction of the cost, according to the report obtained by The Oregonian. A hybrid solution mixing the federal exchange and an unfinished Oracle-based small-business section of the exchange would also be faster than sticking with the current plan, as well as cheaper.

(more…)

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Feb
27
2014
14

Oracle abandoning Cover Oregon. #obamacare

I dunno if ‘open question’ is the right term to use.

Oracle Corp., the giant technology company at the center of the Cover Oregon controversy, has significantly downsized its army of software developers trying to salvage Oregon’s health insurance exchange website.

What that means for the Oregon exchange — which has been plagued by bugs and remains largely unfinished — is an open question. Exchange acting director Bruce Goldberg did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

(more…)

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Feb
13
2014
5

*Somebody* at Cover Oregon will end up going to jail. #obamacare

Background: in February of 2013 the relevant players in the Cover Oregon Obamacare debacle – and they knew that it was a debacle, even then; the Democrat-controlled Oregon state government just forgot to tell anyone – had a rather emotionally intense meeting that produced, among other things*, a list of issues/action items/whatnot.  And that’s important, because…

Tucked away on page four of that list is a brief item labeled “Oracle Contract Issues.” It touches on contracts and accounting the state used with Oracle – the vendor hired to provide much of the website’s software and technical support – that were “inconsistent with generally acceptably industry best practice procedures.”

Here’s where things get interesting.

The report goes on to say the issue was resolved, citing an audit by the Secretary of State’s office that “found everything in order.”

But the KATU On Your Side Investigators have learned that that audit – the only piece of evidence used to dismiss major accountability problems surrounding a contract that eventually grew to $119 million – doesn’t exist.

(more…)

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Dec
21
2013
3

Cover Oregon: “SAUVE QUI PEUT! HOME! HOME! PICKUP AND HOME!” #obamacare

“Any beacon you can hear. Six minutes! All hands, save yourselves, pick up your mates. Home on any beacon! Sauve qui* -”

I am not exaggerating:

Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange began robocalling applicants Friday, warning them that if they don’t receive enrollment confirmation by Monday, they should seek coverage elsewhere for Jan. 1.

“If you haven’t heard from us by Dec. 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for Jan. 1 insurance coverage,” a woman’s voice on the pre-recorded call from Cover Oregon says. “If you want to be sure you have insurance coverage starting Jan. 1, you have other options.”

…Heckuva job, John Kitzhaber. Heck of a job.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Via @Herminator.

*Literary reference**.

**If you inexplicably don’t want to read a classic science fiction novel that makes the Activist Left spit, fine: ‘sauve qui peut’ means ‘every man for himself.’

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Dec
15
2013
2

Cover Oregon noticed that the site wasn’t ready on September 28th. #obamacare

(Via Jim Geraghty) Why did it take them until September 28th to notice?

[On Sept. 28, Cover Oregon’s team] had gathered on a Saturday for final testing of the state’s health insurance exchange. More than a website, it was a gateway to a new era of better, more affordable, more democratic health care.

But their high hopes turned to shock and alarm when the website didn’t work. It crashed, it flashed repeated error messages, it couldn’t process the most routine insurance enrollment scenario.

[snip]

“Shut it down,” said Rocky King, Cover Oregon’s executive director. “Let’s not waste anybody else’s time here.”

Only, that’s precisely what they did: (more…)

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Nov
25
2013
4

Cover Oregon giving out people’s personal #obamacare information by accident.

‘By accident’ is not a valid excuse, by the way.

What we can learn from this story about Cover Oregon – yes, it’s the exchange with the songs – and its operating methodology:

  1. Cover Oregon is still incapable of processing applications online.
  2. Anyone who mailed an application will have at least a month’s lag time before they get a response.
  3. If there’s a problem with the application, they’ll mail it back to the applicant.  For ‘clarification.’
  4. And then they’ll send over other people’s applications, too!  Just in case the first applicant happened to know the answer, I suppose.

I would note here that #1 through #3 are not in fact good things.  Or even bad things.  They are no-good rotten things that would give a 1950s government bureaucrat cold chills at the thought of just how horribly his organizational grandchildren have made a mess of the system that he and his compatriots put together to keep the country running while America fought the Cold War.  I want to note this because it’s important that people understand just how badly Barack Obama has failed with his signature program.  He’s called into question the entire point of liberalism to begin with: a fact that will distress the people who won’t read this, even if it won’t particularly distress the people who will.

(more…)

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Nov
20
2013
5

Cover Oregon Watch: …yeah, well, there’s nothing to watch. NOTHING. #obamacare

NOTHING AT ALL.

Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Back Obama’s signature health care law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead.

Unlike most other states, Oregon set an ambitious course to make its insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, an “all-in-one” website for every individual seeking health coverage, including those who are eligible for Medicaid.

But instead of serving as a national model, Oregon’s experience has emerged as a cautionary tale, inviting comparisons to technical glitches that have plagued other state-run portals and the federal government’s website for those states lacking exchanges of their own.

I have so much pity in my heart over this that I almost don’t want to put up again the filk I did on October 1st. (more…)

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Oct
18
2013
--

Cover Oregon down to enrolling by hand; next step, parchment and quills. #obamacare

I kind of feel sorry for Cover Oregon: those stupid songs put and kept them on my radar.  But, really, this is not a good sign:

With the state’s online health insurance exchange still not able to enroll people, Cover Oregon officials have turned to processing forms by hand rather than electronically.

On Tuesday, Cover Oregon staff began processing eligibility applications manually as a first step prior to helping people get enrolled in either a government program or the commercial insurance of their choice. (more…)

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Oct
01
2013
6

Cover Oregon announces signup delay for #Obamacare exchange. *Despite* hipster songs.

But… but… but… this is impossible!

Oregonians will have to wait to enroll for health insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

I mean, Cover Oregon had a song!

Officials said late Monday that Cover Oregon, the state’s insurance marketplace that was supposed to go live on Tuesday, is still experiencing glitches. The online system is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids.

(more…)

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