VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber Says Cover Oregon Wasn't a Waste of Money


Gov. John Kitzhaber came by WW's offices last week to talk about his past three-plus years and his prospects for re-election in November. You can see many of the questions we put to him—and read his answers—in the Hotseat we published in today's paper.Here are two video excerpts from that interview where he answered questions about the $248 million cost of developing the Cover Oregon insurance ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

Cover Oregon Ad Agency North is Not Amused by the John Oliver Parody


Remember when comedy host John Oliver kicked off his Sunday HBO show with some pointed jokes at the expense of failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and its whimsical advertising campaign? Oliver ran a parody of Cover Oregon's folksy sing-a-longs with a Lisa Loeb tune saluting "you stupid Oregon idiots," and everyone had a good laugh. Well, not quite everyone.The head of the Portland advertising ...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 AARON MESH

New HBO Host John Oliver Feasts on Cover Oregon Debacle

Breathtaking mountains, shitty website: "you live in a cartoon"


John Oliver, the host of the new HBO show "Last Week Tonight," had some fun with Cover Oregon last night. "We get it, Oregon, you people live in a cartoon," Oliver said. "Everywhere you go, you hear the sound of fucking ukeleles." After trashing the beleaguered website, Oliver, a longtime correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," brought singer Lisa Loeb on to skewer Cover Oregon's ads. "Your ...   More
Monday, April 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon


The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.The report comes as state officials are considering options laid out in a report from the consulting and accounting firm, Deloitte. In broad terms, the choices are to continue to try to build an Oregon system, which Deloitte has said will cost more than $25 ...   More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Politico on Oregon: "Obamacare's Biggest Technological Disaster"


Politico, a Washington, D.C. publication, known for incisive, speedy journalism, recently sent a reporter to Oregon to dissect the carcass of Cover Oregon. Her findings, not surprisingly, are grisly. "Oregon had all the right ingredients for a sparkling Obamacare success story: a Democratic doctor as governor, an eager Legislature and a history of health care innovation," writes reporter Jennifer ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

KATU Hosts Live Town Hall Tonight on Failing Cover Oregon Web Portal

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KATU televison (Channel 2) will host a live town hall with lawmakers tonight to discuss what happens now that Cover Oregon has announced it won’t have a fully operational website by the federal deadline of March 31. The discussion will follow the release today of a state-sponsored study by First Data Government Solutions about what went wrong with Oregon’s healthcare exchange.The review comes after the ...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Cover Oregon Yanks "Long Live Oregonians" Ad Campaign


That was short-lived, Oregonians. Cover Oregon drew national attention earlier this year for an advertising campaign from Portland agency North that pitched the state's health-insurance exchange as a utopian playland. But with the exchange's website still not letting people apply for insurance, a Cover Oregon spokesman told the Associated Press today the state has suspended the "Long Live Oregonians" ...   More
Thursday, December 26, 2013 AARON MESH

Live Long and Prosper

State officials double their spending on cheery commercials for Cover Oregon.

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Mark Ray leans back in his chair surrounded by wooden cutouts of rain clouds, birds and a yellow sun. They look as if they were imagined by the children who carried them in    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Doubling Down

Cover Oregon officials say ads are paying off.

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Educating Oregonians about the state’s new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, is a daunting proposition—and more than twice as expensive as originally reported.  Cover Oregon is t   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bill O'Reilly to Cover Oregon and Dave Depper: Shut Up, Pinheads!

O'Reilly's Website labels commercial featuring local musician's song "dumbest ad ever."


Add Portland musician, Ram re-creator, and touring member of Menomena (among a grillion other bands), Dave Depper, to the expansive list of things that really get Bill O'Reilly's goat.OK, so maybe Papa Bear has little idea what his web-monkeys are posting over at Still, it stands to reason that anything related to Lil' Beirut is going to stick in the old coot's craw—especially ...   More
Thursday, September 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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