So Far, Oregon Spending $6.8 Million Per Obamacare Enrollee
Q: What does $300 million in federal grant money to build one of the nation’s most expensive Obamacare exchanges get you?
A: If you’re Oregon, 44 enrollees.
So far, federal taxpayers have spent about $6.8 million per Oregon enrollee. And that doesn’t include the federal subsidies any of these Oregonians might qualify for, nor does it contain the remaining premium amount each enrollee will pay to have health insurance.
Maybe the Obama administration will reverse course and start claiming that Oregon’s exchange is really a job creator since someone got paid with all that money because at this point, it’s certainly not a financially viable health insurance portal.
With the revelation that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is soliciting health industry executives for millions of dollars in donations to promote ObamaCare, the distinction between coercion and crony capitalism is now almost erased.
The coercion inherent in Sebelius’s strategy is clear.
Reports in the Washington Post and The New York Times cite health industry sources saying that Sebelius gave strong indications that every firm contacted is expected to contribute a predetermined amount. For example, a donation of $1 million was suggested to one small firm, with larger businesses asked…
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