Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.


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A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Times Sticks Oregon with the "Red States" Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future

UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.

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UPDATE, 3:40 pm: The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.The Oregonian's Nick Budnick reported in December that Oregon can claim an independent exchange even after dissolving Cover Oregon—so long as it contracts with the federal government, instead of merely handing over its health insurance exchange. The bill formally ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 AARON MESH

Oracle Files New Lawsuit Against Patricia McCaig and Other Kitzhaber Campaign Advisers

Software giant, seeking $23 million in damages, alleges the consultants interfered with Cover Oregon for political reasons.

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Oracle America Corp. today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court against the campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The lawsuit alleges the consultants interfered with the state's handling of the troubled Cover Oregon health care web site in order to help Kitzhaber get re-elected.The lawsuit names as defendants Patricia McCaig, Kevin Looper, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael and Mark Wiener. ...   More
 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: We Swear—It’s Only The Truth Out Of Salem.


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When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition (“Drive,” WW, Dec. 31, 2014). Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 WW Editorial Staff

Blurred Lines

How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health insurance exchange. Previously undiscl   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon

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Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball. After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney's sentiment. The senators who face tough ...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Peter Courtney Wants to Dissolve Cover Oregon

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Oregon's most senior lawmaker, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), who first won election to the Legislature in 1980, usually gets what he wants, especially with Democrats in control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office. Today, Courtney said he wants Cover Oregon, the state's scandal-plagued health insurance exchange, to disappear, and he will introduce legislation next year ...   More
 
Friday, September 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Claims Cover Oregon Website Was "Ready For Release in February"

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The software giant Oracle is punching back at Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his decision to abandon the health insurance exchange website state officials spent $248 million building. In a presentation to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, Oracle claimed that the Cover Oregon website the system "is ready for release, and has been since February 2014.” The company's comments come ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon House Republicans Launch Campaign Web Site With a Cover Oregon Fiasco Mash-up

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Oregon House Republicans launched a new website today with a mash-up video poking fun at the Cover Oregon failure and its handling by Democratic leadership, including Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).The House GOP are looking to overcome the 34-26 edge now held by Democrats. The Republicans' press release calls Cover Oregon "the poster child for government incompetence ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?


Hot Seat
The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

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