Cover Oregon: Money for nothing


by NW Spotlight

Oregon taxpayers will likely end up liking the 1985 Dire Straits version of Money for Nothing better than the Cover Oregon version. Gov. Kitzhaber laid a quiet bombshell during his Cover Oregon press conference this past week. He revealed that there is still some question on whether they can ever get the Cover Oregon web site up.

Gov. Kitzhaber said ”We have to make the decision on how much of this technology do we want to save and use, whether or not we can still get it up, and that’s still an outstanding question, whether we want to go to the federal exchange.”


So Cover Oregon has spent more than $170 million so far, and after years of development they still don’t even know if they can get it to work?

As former state Rep. Patrick Sheehan said in a November 19, 2013 Portland Business Journal article “We’ve paid for a very expensive jingle.”

  • David Clark

    170 million – that is almost as much as the CRC wasted over more years.
    What a big payoff for the politically cronys.

  • Sally

    Remember this folks. Websites are very, very hard to build. You hardly see any of them out there. Especially ones that have to handle transactions and seamlessly meld into databases. Hardly anyone has these that actually work or are “up” as it is so eloquently put.
    So, cut them some slack. Another 100 million or so and perhaps 8-10 months and this puppy should purr!!! This is really, really difficult stuff.

    • marvinmcconoughey

      If I were to have trouble launching a personal web site, that would be unimportant in the larger scheme of things. I expect better from government, and the citizens of many other states got better. Our state government was so thoroughly and visibly incompetent at multiple levels that charity is misplaced. Perfection was never expected but this horrible quality of non-work is inexcusable, or should be.

    • Jack Lord God

      It’s a pretty difficult web site – I mean you have to allow the customer to tailor a product based on a set of conditions, transmit that information to the vendor, and allow the vendor to update the database as policy plans change.

      Oh wait didn’t Priceline do this like a dozen years ago? Huh, well, aint that a kick in the head. Hey, come to think of it, I have been doing the same thing as well for over 15 years myself.

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