Oregon Health Care Exchange Employees Receive Bonuses After Delivering Failed Program

Oregon Health Care Exchange Employees Receive Bonuses After Delivering Failed Program

Even while testing the patience of Oregon’s residents with nonsensical, wacky Obamacare commercials, the government continues to flame the fire by disclosing its intentions to award state’s health care exchange employees with bonuses. According to a recent Daily Caller article, “now that Oregon’s Obamacare exchange has entirely given up on fixing or running its own Obamacare website, the state exchange is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funding as bonuses to employees that stick around until the federal government takes over.”

Daily Caller reports that the state-run exchange has, thus far, spent over $250 million of the $350 million in federal taxpayer funding awarded to it under Obamacare. Opting to allow the federal government to administer health care coverage under Healthcare.Gov, Oregon abandoned the state-run exchange in April. In the meantime, officials are offering bonuses as incentives in a desperate attempt to retain talent and experience during the transition period.

In this case at least, government standards allow the use of significant taxpayer funds to recognize and retain those employees who have participated in the delivery of a failed program. One can only hope that the actual quality of health care delivered to patients is held to a much higher standard than that apparently used to measure the ability of the government to provide effective health care coverage.

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