Yes, if you want to get in on the illegal tax credits for buying health insurance through the federal exchange, act now! This is your final day! Hackers are standing by to watch you place your order. But wait! If you go online in the next fifteen minutes, we'll double your order! That's right, you'll get two free breast pumps, one for each side! Just pay an additional fee to the DNC, and they'll be on their way! Order now!
PORTLAND — Days before a deadline to sign up for January health insurance coverage, only about a third of Oregonians who previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.
The state abandoned its troubled Cover Oregon portal this spring and switched to the federal site, HealthCare.gov. That means all Oregonians who bought coverage through the now-defunct state exchange must re-enroll via the federal site by Monday or face a break in coverage in January.
The state portal wasn't "troubled", it was nonfunctional - despite having nearly a third of a billion dollars tossed at it with no oversight by gov. Retread nor, apparently, anybody else. Now, people who managed to get enrolled with the help of an agent to fill out the paper forms have to re-enroll through the federal website by the end of today if they want to gain those tax credits to help with the premium payments, but there's just one teensy little problem: the law, as written and passed by Democratics, doesn't allow it.
The law specifically states that only those who purchase a health insurance plan through a state-operated exchange (like Cover Oregon) are entitled to receive the credits; those who enroll through the federal exchange are disqualified. And thus far, Barky hasn't waved his magic pen and rewritten the bill he signed into law.
Perhaps that little bug enters into the apparent general reluctance to sign up, or perhaps the recent high-profile hacks into computer systems have given people pause. Or perhaps they just didn't like what they were being stuck with and decided to say "screw it".
In any case, it appears that people here are staying away in droves this time around. Maybe they need to set up something like the old military draft system.