NW news roundup: Kitzhaber tells Oregonians not to wait for Obamacare website

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FORGET IT: Gov. John Kitzhaber urges Oregonians to enroll for Obamacare without the Cover Oregon website, which is still not working.

FORGET IT: Gov. John Kitzhaber urges Oregonians to enroll for Obamacare without the Cover Oregon website, which is still not working.

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

Another week ushers in more news about Obamacare. The website in Oregon is still not able to enroll folks. Find out what Gov. John Kitzhaber is doing because of the problematic system in this Monday news breakdown.

FORGET IT: Gov. John Kitzhaber held a press conference Friday announcing that Oregonians should not wait for the state’s website to get working to enroll for Obamacare. He’s called on other state agencies to help process paper applications. “This is about more than a website,” Kitzhaber said in a press release. “This is about making sure that every Oregonian who wants health insurance coverage is able to get it.”

But the site, CoverOregon.com, which launched Oct. 1 and is still not working more than a month later, was supposed to make it easy for Oregonians to shop and sign up for health care.

OLD SCHOOL: And, apparently, Cover Oregon was designed to work with Internet Explorer and could crash with other browsers. Because everyone knows IE is the best browser?

MEDICAID RUSH: The majority of sign-ups so far for Obamacare are for Medicaid, not private insurance. Washington, where the state health exchange website is working, has had 42,605 enroll in Medicaid and 6,390 for private insurance, according to the Washington Post. The trend is happening across the country with huge numbers in Medicaid enrollment and much smaller amounts of participants for private insurance. If this keeps up, it could cost states big bucks.

OPTING OUT:  Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare, Tori Richards of Watchdog.org report.

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Shelby formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.