Cover Oregon, the state’s Obamacare exchange, was a train wreck from the start and just kept getting worse.

KATU reporter Chelsea Kopta had the news today that Cover Oregon will likely fold, and what state officials plan to do with the unspent federal money (spoiler alert: It doesn’t involve giving it back to federal taxpayers).

Exactly how much federal money did Cover Oregon spend on the colossal failure?

So Cover Oregon hadn’t yet spent all the federal money, which leads to the question of the day:

And the unsurprising answer:

They can just keep it? A little bonus for all the failure?

We’ll have to wait and see about that.

When it goes, Cover Oregon will take with it millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars, but leave behind one of the weirdest promotional ads of all time:

Wow. Real hard to believe things didn’t work out, isn’t it?

  • $29520529

    Remember the good ole days when the news media would parade those with out insurance across our screens… Shaming America for not insuring everyone! So what happened, there are more now without insurance then before Obamacare.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      Same phenomena occurred with the disappearance of the homeless when Clinton was elected . . . it’s a kind of magic.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      Remember the good ole days when Tanya Harding was the laughing stock of Oregon? I bet she’s celebrating tonight.

  • MyrmidoNOT

    Just part and parcel of the
    $17,583,865,000,000 we’re on the hook for…

    Fiscal imbeciles!! …and they aspire to less.

    • World B. Free

      0bama’s cloward-piven plan is coming together nicely.

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Who do you have to know to get some of that free money? I’m pretty sure I can build something useless in return.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      George Soros . . . or Michael Bloomberg . . . or Nelson Rockefeller.

    • nickdqwk

      How much BLM land could someone buy for that?

      • FreedomRecon

        That depends…how many turtles are on the land?

        • nickdqwk

          I don’t plan to make soup.

          • FreedomRecon

            Are you Republican or Democrat? Gay or Straight? These things factor into the cost.

          • nickdqwk

            One of them gun tottin God fearin bible clingers!

          • nickdqwk

            Screwed that up didn’t I!

          • FreedomRecon

            Sorry sir, but not only do you not get to buy the land, but you must also die. Buh bye.

          • nickdqwk

            Oh crap!

    • nc ✓s & balances

      I could just collect the money and not even bother building anything at all. No muss, no fuss.

      • nickdqwk

        Working for the BLM?

        • DG

          Or just living a life on welfare.

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            Or running for Congress.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Not “running.” That takes real effort. “Serving” – well, work is “optional.”

          • mrspinky85

            Or being a crony or lobbyist. Seems lucrative.

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            Crony sounds good, I could go for that. Oh wait, do you have to be a crone?

  • DG

    Mere pocket change, eh Democrats?

    Oregon: “You didn’t build that.”

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      And . . . they didn’t.

  • RblDiver

    Think the feds will send in sniper teams to round up and collect the money? …Nah, that’s only for relatively small-time farmers, gotta keep the intimidation up!

    • camp50


    • nc ✓s & balances

      You gotta D? Or an R?

      • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

        Yep. Gotta N, a 2 and a 1 also.

      • RblDiver

        That’s the question indeed. Only R’s get the snipers, D’s get a party. (Oh, and R’s get audited too).

  • JeffWRidge

    The train wreck that is Obamacare just keeps getting worse. All that’s missing is Snideley Whiplash twirling his mustache.

  • Finrod Felagund

    I could do nothing for a lot cheaper than $305M. $200M would do just fine.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Oracle & Deloitte Consulting LLP donated millions to democrats, and they got this fat contract.

    I found the donation information on the Open Secrets site, and the CoverOregon web site’s main CSS file has:

    /* =============================================================================

    /* ===== DOCUMENT INFO

    * ===== NAME: global.css

    * ===== VERSION: v0.5

    * ===== UPDATED: 2/1/2013

    * ===== AUTHOR: Deloitte Consulting LLP (Nina Mokoosio & Mike Jackson)

    * ===== CLIENT: Oregon Health Insurance Exchange (OR-HIX)

    The site itself looks like a very generic, out of the box wordpress style site template..I’m checking to see.

    The most expensive web site I have ever worked on (for a large bank in Chicago) was not even $50,000, all costs out the door.


    $284 million / $150 per hour (programming) = 1,893,333 hours, or 2591 months, or 215 YEARS in programming time.

    If they had a 100 programmers working on the site, (typically it’s less than 4), it means they must have been programming for 24 hours a day for 25 months straight.

    • Perso Nasplit

      double that for security, then double that for backup/redundancy, then double THAT because its the government. Still shouldnt have cost 500k.

      • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        ….and ADA compliant, which countless government sites are not including, which has some serious readability and font contrast ratio issues. I’m guessing there is more, too.

        • FreedomRecon

          Didn’t they already admit to security issues?

    • World B. Free

      And it probably worked.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    A government program over-budget and unworkable . . . I’m shocked . . . well, not that shocked.

  • Linda

    They should have to give back the remaining funds as it will take 4 to 6 mil to absorb Oregon into the federal website. (BTW, the decision to give up the OR site was due to the estimation that it would take 78 mil to fix.)

    • nickdqwk

      TNT sure has gone up in these times!

  • FreedomRecon

    And people still think government should be in charge of stuff.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Single Payer!!!!! My left foot….

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        I wouldn’t be wagering body parts with government health care.

        • FreedomRecon

          She didn’t NEED that foot.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Speak for yourself. I’m left-handed, so I’m probably left-footed, too.

          • FreedomRecon

            Just evolve and quit whining….so selfish you are.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            LOL, limping.

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            If you like your left foot . . . .

        • nc ✓s & balances

          Yeah, I kinda thought about that after I saw it in print.

        • nickdqwk

          No that’s what we’ll be paying with!

  • Beentheremovedaway

    Not even the correct amount.. Our Glorious leader Dr Kitzhaber went to DC and came back with a BILLION to spend on heathcare. Think Ill move out of state when the bills start coming due!

    • Linda

      Where does that figure come from?

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        I think it’s the $1.9 billion Obama gave Oregon for their Medicaid experient in 2012. You know, back when unemployment was only 8.2% and Obama had only spent us $5 trillion into debt. :-)

        “Feds to put up $1.9 billion for Oregon health-care overhaul”

        The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health-care initiative in Oregon, announcing an agreement to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground.

        “If this works, I think other states are going to be looking at this as a way to manage that patient population,” said Kitzhaber, a Democrat and former emergency-room physician who has worked for decades on changing the health-care system.

        Yep, $1.9 BILLION dollars on an “IF”. :rolleyes:

        • Linda

          OK, something separate.

  • LloydTheDuck

    So, when is Twitchy going to post an article about Cliven Bundy’s crazed racist tirade? Can’t say it’s not newsworthy.

    • grais

      What on earth does that have to do w/Oregon’s insurance exchange decision?

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Yeah, that’s so much more newsworthy than yet another example of failure from Obama’s “signature piece of legislation.”

      Keep telling yourself that, Lloyd. It’s the only way you’ll get through November.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      “Duck season!!” “Wabbit season!!” “Duck season!!” “Wabbit season!!”

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      When will Salon, Think Progress, Media Matters, and the rest of the left-wing sites report on the racial slurs directed at black Republicans from left-wingers? There was a Democrat in Alabama who called Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom.” No reports on that on left-wing sites. And Bundy’s racist tirade doesn’t change the fact that the government was overreaching by sending snipers and armed personnel to his ranch. He’s a racist, but he still has rights (just ask the Black Panthers who intimidated voters in 2008 and were protected by Eric Holder who dropped the charges).

      Also, when will left-wing sites and news sources call out the NAACP for sitting by and not raising a stink about racial slurs towards black Republicans?

      Plus, Twitchy goes by tweets.

    • Markward

      Get back to us when you actually say something about all the times your side have called black conservatives “uncle toms” and the number of times derogatory names for women have been used on folks like Sarah Palin.

      Until then, be quiet, the adults are talking.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    Liberals and Democrats sure know how to use taxpayers money aka everybody else money so well and wisely. (sarcasm)

    It’s why Democrats want us to pay more taxes to them. So they will have more of our money to corruptly use for their own evil liberal political agendas.

  • mrspinky85

    The just say, “We’re keeping the money”. And we are suppose to say, “Alright” like K from Men in Black.
    This is getting out of control. What will the right do about this?

    • FreedomRecon

      The current right? Nothing….They are not much better than the left, sadly.

      • mrspinky85

        This is getting ridiculous. The American people keep saying they want real leadership and change. But, it doesn’t look like it is going to happen from either side.

        • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

          Getting rid of voting machines, bringing in plexiglass ballot boxes and going back to hand counts at the precincts.

          • nickdqwk

            and just maybe a little voter identification!

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            Voter ID is good enough for the rest of the world.

    • Spinmamma

      Throw the bums out, I hope.

  • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

    Is anybody keeping score???

    “MD votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut — $40 million-$50 million contract being negotiated with Deloitte Consulting” April 2, 2014

    The board overseeing Maryland’s health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut.

    The software is free for Maryland to use but Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein will negotiate an emergency $40 million to $50 million contract with the software company to develop the site.

    The state has spent tens of millions of dollars on the existing site and now plans to ask the federal government for more money and its blessing to develop the new website. The exchange also might need up to $3 million in start-up money from the state for the new website.

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller questioned why government officials oversaw the creation and launch of the website rather than somebody from the private sector with information technology experience.

    But fixing the current site would have cost $66 million and taken a year to complete, putting the state beyond the next open enrollment period, exchange officials said in a memo. Moving to the federal site would have cost as much as $53 million…

    The website crashed immediately after launching Oct.1 and has been riddled with technical problems ever since. The exchange’s executive director resigned under pressure, and officials later fired the website’s main contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, because of the problems.

    The state has spent $125 million in mostly federal funds on the exchange, including about $55 million to Noridian

    • mrspinky85

      They ask the federal gov’t like its their money. People keep wasting our tax money for this monstrosity and half of us didn’t vote for this.

      • nickdqwk

        None of us voted for this it was rammed through a democrat heavy congress during the 2009 Christmas break, if memory serves.
        We the people were ignored.

        • mrspinky85

          People as they speak forget that we the people doesn’t just include the left.

  • OingoBoingo

    This is what a $305 million Obamacare government commercial looks like.

  • NoPasaran

    Yet another successful 5 year plan!

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Is the debate still over, President Obama?


  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Give the money back, douche bags.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    Just another Obamacare success story!!

  • AmericanLass

    Will they funnel the $ into political campaigns ?

  • Shegma Futility

    So Bundy owes? 1 million and the Feds take up arms against him … Now what?

  • Republicanvet

    Nice. Another federal grant with no strings attached.

  • alpharob

    Isn’t this kind of early for this news to come up? Shouldn’t it be making the news *after* 6 p.m. on Friday? But couldn’t be more deserving.. one of those leftist states with egg on their collective faces. How’s that Maryland exchange going by the way?