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Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange
Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange

DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in spectacular fashion. Not a single insurance seeker was able to enroll online in a private plan under the Affordable Care Act in this high-tech state, which has long prided itself on healthcare innovation and whose governor is a former emergency room doctor. Cover Oregon instead was forced to resort to paper applications. The state has dismissed Oracle, its main technology vendor, and Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the state's...

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