PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With all the problems facing the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, nowhere is the situation worse, or more surprising, than in Oregon.
It's a progressive state that has enthusiastically embraced the federal law, but Oregon has so far failed to enroll a single person in coverage through the state's insurance exchange.
Despite grand ambitions, an early start and millions of dollars from the federal government, Oregon's online enrollment system still isn't ready more than a month after it was supposed to go live. The state has resorted to hiring or reassigning 400 people to process insurance applications by hand.
The state has received about 18,000 paper applications, at 19 pages each, and is scrambling to manually file and clear them — a process that will take weeks.