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Jon Stewart’s Former Sidekick Rips Oregon’s Obamacare Debacle in New HBO Show

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: “Oregon Spirit” by Lisa Loeb (HBO)

“your passion for cuteness may kill your whole state.”

Good catch by Andrew Johnson at The Corner:

“That has got to be a bitter pill to swallow for the people of Oregon — or it would be if they could get the pill, which they can’t because their sh***y website is broken”

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Oregon Obamacare exchange pulls expensive hipster ads

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Caroline May reports:  The multimillion-dollar advertising campaign for the Oregon Obamacare exchange has been put on hold as officials there try to right the floundering ship and get people enrolled.

“We think it’s appropriate to hold off on any further advertising,” Bruce Goldberg, acting executive director of Cover Oregon, said at a Monday press conferenceaccording to the Northwest Watchdog, noting that most of the ads have been taken down except for several billboards.

Cover Oregon made headlines earlier this year for its, expensive, artistic television and radio ads that featured local musicians singing original songs about Oregon and healthy living to promote the state’s Obamacare exchange.

The ad campaign was featured in Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2013 ”Wastebook,” which chronicled the year’s top 100 most wasteful government-spending items.

“Oregon is spending $10 million advertising Obamacare with advertisements that don’t even mention the program or how to enroll in it. One of the television ads, produced by the Portland advertising agency North, Inc., does not mention the word ‘insurance’ or how or why to enroll in the program. Another Oregon ad does not mention the word ‘insurance,’ but features what appears to be Gumby riding on the Beatles’ yellow submarine,” the Wastebook, released this week, reads. “Between Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, however, just 44 residents were able to sign up for private insurance through Cover Oregon.”

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150,000 In Oregon To Face Health Plan Cancellations

 (Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

(Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 150,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual health care plans will see their plans cancelled by the end of the year because the plans don’t provide the minimum level of coverage required under the new health care law, Oregon officials said on Wednesday.

[SEE RELATED: WA STATE TO LOSE 290,000]

Some of those facing cancellations could see a break in coverage if they don’t enroll in a new plan on the state’s problem-plagued online exchange by Dec. 15, the state’s Insurance Division spokeswoman Cheryl Martinis said.

Many of the insurance carriers plan to automatically enroll people in another more expensive insurance plan if the person is not enrolled in the other exchange, Martinis said. Read the rest of this entry »