WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on Oregon’s decision to shut down its state health insurance exchange and join the federal exchange:
“Oregon’s decision to scrap its exchange altogether and join the federal exchange means federal taxpayers have lost the $305 million spent on the site. Going forward, federal officials should insist that Oregon foot the bill for the state’s transition to the federal exchange. Federal taxpayers should not be stuck with the bill twice for this disastrous project. The Administration needs to stop treating taxpayers as a bottomless piggy bank to bail out one botched Obamacare project after another. Poor execution by this Administration is adding billions to the cost of a program that is already too expensive.”
On April 3, 2014, Greg Van Pelt, Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, appeared before a joint subcommittee hearing on ObamaCare’s problem-filled state exchanges.