Give governmental agencies control of health care and what could possibly go wrong?
Whether it’s contracting with Belarusian spies and hackers, or state fraud — in this instance, perhaps prompted by the feeling that the progressive overlords don’t take kindly to hearing bad news:
The Oregon Obamacare exchange has been plagued by failure. Its exchange chief, Rocky King, took an extended medical leave after his site managed to enroll only 44 people as of last November, even after receiving over $300 million in grants. Well, now we have a more devastating development: allegations of potential fraud.
Allegedly, Cover Oregon project managers may have designed fake web pages on the exchange site “to convince the federal government the project was further along than it actually was,” according to KATU.com, a local Portland news outlet.
Former Republican State Representative Patrick Sheehan, who has gone to the FBI with this allegation, says, “If it’s true, someone’s going to prison. It would be fraud.”
Additionally, Rep. Sheehan told radio host Lars Larson that he actually tipped off Gov. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, about the faults in the exchanges site about a year ago. He also suggested that Lawson be fired. It went unheeded. Gov. Kitzhaber now says he was misled about the website’s progress.
Before I go any further, let me just point out that our Democrat betters always want more control of things, and yet when problems arise, they are always insisting they were uninformed, or misled, or somehow out of the loop. It’s almost as if they want the power without the responsibility, and the lucre without putting in the work.
But that would be despicable, so I suppose it can’t possibly be. After all, to be a progressive by definition makes you good, and good people by definition can’t do bad things, or they’d be bad people, which we know progressives can’t be, what with all the good they stand for.
Beyond that, let me just say this: $300 million in grants to enroll 44 people is not a great return on one’s (forced) “investment.” Which is why I don’t think taxpayers who had no choice but to contribute to this thing should have to eat the costs of those failures. Instead, I propose that the 5 members of SCOTUS who gave this unconstitutional monstrosity — the corruption and flaws within which were perfectly forseeable — should have to foot the bill.
Well, them, and hellomynameissteve, who not only pushed for this thing nationally, but who was lauding what it turns out is a fraud-ridden Oregon system. Whether or not he’s one of the 44 who managed to sign up is another matter entirely. Because even if he did, he signed on to live with a big pile of shit.
And that would be what we in the business call “poetic justice.”