Dennis Richardson: GAO probe of Cover Oregon is timely, warranted

Dennis Richardson 2013_thb

Wilsonville, OR – Republican Governor Candidate and State Representative Dennis Richardson commented on the announcement of the Federal General Accountability Office audit of Cover Oregon:

“The Cover Oregon fiasco is one of the worst cases of wasted taxpayer money in Oregon History. Since I first sounded the alarm as Co-Chair of the legislature’s budget drafting committee in 2011, more than $300 Million has been allocated, yet Oregon’s health insurance exchange still doesn’t work. Where did the money go? Who is accountable for such flagrant waste? What can be done to avoid yet another State information technology project failure in the future?

The Federal GAO audit should answer these and other important questions. Oregonians deserve to go on-line for the affordable, high quality health insurance that Cover Oregon promised, yet failed to deliver. I thank Congressman Walden for his role in bringing forward this GAO audit.”

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Posted by at 04:12 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Obamacare, Oregon House | 27 Comments |Email This Post Email This Post |Print This Post Print This Post
  • DavidAppell

    Another article by would-be-governor Dennis Richardson that completely avoids the question of what he would do differently, to solve the health care problems of skyrocketing premiums and the uninsurable.

    Kitzhaber is going to cream this guy in any debate.

    • .

      Cover Oregon, Cover Appell, little difference other than the size of their WFO mouths.

      • DavidAppell

        Stop making excuses for Dennis Richardson. Time to wise up.

      • DavidAppell

        By the way, as Governor, will Dennis Richardson spam all Oregon residents?

  • Jack Lord God

    Not only is it timely and warranted – it is essential. However is the GAO report shows wrongdoing, especially of a criminal nature, there have to be consequences. There are very strong and substantial allegations criminal activity was involved with the C.O. website. It is alleged a dummy website was shown to federal regulators in order to secure progress payments. If the GAO probe substantiates these allegations they must be pursued at the criminal level as vigorously as possible.

    Therefore – Republicans need to get ahead of the curve here. If the report does substantiate the allegations of criminal acts what will they do? They can not hand it over to Eric Holders justice department. Holder himself is already under a contempt of congress charge with no consequences whatsoever for it. He has not pursued any investigation into the IRS scandal, despite already having a GAO report alleging criminal activity.

    Unless Republicans can start following through on these reports, actually putting teeth into them, then they might as well not bother.

  • Myke

    @David, Kitzhaber couldn’t even complete an interview with a lowly news reporter about his absence in minding the creation of this fiasco. I’m sure that between now and what ever debate should transpire, he’ll have an excuse that explains why his ineptitude as a manager should be excused. It’ll still be lacking of any validity, but for those who feel the wind blowing up the Columbia River between their ears, it’ll suffice.

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