U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and three congressional colleagues - all fellow Republicans- are requesting a federal investigation of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange.
Walden made the announcement at a press conference in Medford on Thursday. Also in attendance was state Rep. Dennis Richardson, a Republican running for governor. Walden says “In the nearly four months since HealthCare.gov and the state-run insurance exchanges launched, consumers have encountered numerous problems at both the federal and state level. Although the roll out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has been problematic nationwide, no state has had more complications than Oregon. The state of Oregon’s exchange website, Cover Oregon, has been such a technological failure that the site was unable to enroll anyone months after the start of the open enrollment period,” the leaders wrote in the letter “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable and taxpayers deserve accountability.”
Walden is asking the General Accounting Office to look into how the state spent $304 million in federal funds on the startup of Cover Oregon, which hasn't enrolled a single person through its online portal.
Republicans have been stepping up their attacks on troubled health exchanges during this election year.