• Oregon panel recommends moving to federal exchange

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

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    • Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

      PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.

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          • Is this the best pro-life ad ever?

            You probably haven't heard of Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby. Why would you have? After all, even if she wins her May primary, what are the odds a Republican will oust a sitting U.S. Senator in Oregon?

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            • Oregon Panel Recommends Switch to Federal Health Exchange

              Repairing the state’s troubled website would be far more expensive in a year when the Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, is already dealing with political fallout.

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              • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Broken Health Exchange - NBC News

                The federal government is ready to take over Oregon’s broken health insurance exchange, which had failed far more spectacularly than HealthCare.gov ever did. A panel of experts advised state officials to turn the system over to the federal government, as 36 other states did this year. The full…

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                • Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes

                  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

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                  • Oregon is preparing to scrap its terrible ObamaCare exchange

                    After almost seven months of delays and hang-ups, Oregon is moving toward scuttling its state-run ObamaCare exchange and switching over to the federal one. An advisory panel on Thursday recommended that the state dump its proprietary exchange and have residents instead obtain insurance via the…

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                      • Troubled Oregon health plan may have to turn over exchange to feds

                        Oregon health exchange operators are unable to get their web site working properly and so they're looking to let the federal government run it for them.

                        • Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

                          PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After weeks of deliberation, a committee is poised to make a final recommendation Thursday on what to do with Oregon's botched health insurance exchange portal.

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                          • Obama administration prepares to take over Oregon’s broken health insurance exchange

                            The collapse of Oregon’s insurance marketplace comes as federal health officials are focusing intensely on faltering exchanges in two other states, Maryland and Massachusetts. This month, the board of the Maryland Health Connection became the first in the nation to decide to replace most of its…

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                            • Feds prepare to take over Oregon’s health exchange

                              Earlier this month, the board for the Maryland Health Connection became the nation’s first to decide to replace most of its exchange with different technology. But Maryland did not obtain required federal approval before its vote. The third state that is the focus of special federal scrutiny is…

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                              • Oregon poised to abandon its failed ObamaCare exchange

                                Oregon is set to become the first state to drop its ObamaCare exchange and transition into the system managed by the federal government. The decision follows months of severe technical issues that have made Oregon's marketplace one of the worst in the country. ADVERTISEMENTAbout $130 million has…

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                                • Lawyers Urge Judge To Strike Down State's Gay Marriage Ban

                                  Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Oregon's attorney general, Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, has said the ban is legally indefensible and has refused to offer arguments in favor…

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                                    • Oregon's broken healthcare exchange may move to federal network

                                      By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND (Reuters) - Top officials for Oregon's troubled health insurance network, dogged by technical glitches that have kept a single subscriber from enrolling online, recommended on Thursday dumping the state website in favor of a federally run healthcare exchange. Oregon, a…

                                      • Oregon Will Probably Abandon Its Busted Obamacare Site and Move to the Federal Exchange

                                        Oregon will likely become the first state to abandon its exchange for Healthcare.gov, following a recommendation from the state's technology committee. Cover Oregon's board of directors will make the final decision on Friday when the group formally presents their recommendation. During a meeting of…

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