KATU's website headline: GOP senators call for special session now to end Cover Oregon. Clearly, those Wascally Wepublicans want to take health-care away from poor people!
Oh, wait. In the actual story, they note that Democrat gov. Retread has already said that he thinks the best move is to kill Cover Oregon and fold it into the Oregon Health Authority, and Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney has revealed plans to introduce legislation during the 2015 session to end the troubled state health exchange that included its website that was never fully functional for the public to use to sign up for health insurance.
So what it boils down to is that Republicans want to kill it now, rather than next year:
"Next year will be too late," he said in a news release sent late Saturday afternoon. "Oregonians have suffered more than two years of broken promises and hundreds of millions of wasted taxpayer dollars. There should be no delay in putting the dysfunction and waste of this agency behind us and getting back to the business of helping working families find affordable healthcare."
In other words, Oregon state Democratics and Republicans have found common ground in principle; but aren't quite in agreement in practice: Republicans are looking to pull the plug now, while Democratics are thinking they could let it limp along for a few more months. The reality is therefore rather different from what the KATU headline implies.
Supporters, among them members of gov. Retread's hand-picked Board, don't like the idea. According to them:
it would be a mistake to end the quasi-independent public corporation’s control over the exchange because it has already gained the experience to run it.
Pardon? It still doesn't work, boys and girls, which is why the effort to switch over to the federal exchange is underway. It doesn't really require any experience to run Cover Oregon into the ground, which is exactly what has transpired. At a cost of $300 million.