Peter Suderman on How Oregon's Obamacare Website Debacle Turned Into a Legal Blame Game


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No state fared worse during the launch of Obamacare's health insurance exchanges than Oregon. The Beaver State was the first to announce a major delay in opening its online insurance portal, and the technology for the project—a $240 million project heavily funded through federal grants—never worked.

Earlier this year the state announced that it was scrapping the project in order to join the federal exchange.

What was intended to be one of Obamacare's biggest, boldest state-run exchanges, a model for the nation, turned out to be one of its most spectacular failures. Now the state and its contractor are both trying to weasel out of responsibility—by blaming it on the other guy, writes Peter Suderman.