State spends $300 million to sign up 44 people for Obamacare

Despite receiving $300 million to implement the health insurance exchange program, one state has enrolled only 44 people in Obamacare, to the tune of $6.8 million per person.

A Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday  ranks Oregon’s enrollment numbers the lowest in the nation.

The Democratic state received the third highest federal allotment, $300 million – behind the more populated New York and California. Oregon officials also wholeheartedly supported Obamacare, even making a music video to promote the program, according to the Washington Examiner.

But the Cover Oregon program suffered the same rollout problems HealthCare.gov encountered: Initially the website didn’t work, and people were forced to use paper applications, the Washington Examiner reported.

Oregon’s results undermine the Obama administration narrative that state exchanges are doing better than the national program and that poorly performing states are controlled by anti-Obamacare Republican governors.

Health insurance enrollment report

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • Jim Boyd

    Dear U.S. Government, I have a plan that will cut your Obamacare costs in HALF!! Just send me $3.4 million dollars (half the cost paid to enroll each of the 44 Obamacare freeloaders in Oregon who signed up) and I’ll take care of my OWN healthcare for the rest of my life! It’s a win-win! (But, actually, with Obummercare… we all lose.)

    • Bob Gillis

      My thoughts exactly. And I will raise the stakes by saying I would never apply for food stamps either.

  • Bill Gordon

    Isn’t this one of the states that just legalized pot.

    • Rita Allison

      No

  • Rita Allison

    Just proves that there are only 44 idiots in Oregon compared to the rest of the states. Did it occur to anyone that maybe WE THE PEOPLE OF OREGON….just aren’t SHEEPLE?? Did it occur to the rest of you idiots we are the only ones saying NO to this socialist agenda?

    • Tom Jones

      No, don’t flatter yourselves, the majority of this country does not support this idiots agenda, it seems to me Oregon voted blue in 2012?