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mercykillerstheplay.com

It's hard to believe it's been five years since the Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--became law. 

What's less hard to believe is that many people still seek better health care laws, to further protect people from medical and economic catastrophe. 

The one-man play "Mercy Killers" debuted shortly before the law passed; it details the all-too-frequent circumstances of a man attempting to care for a sick wife. 

The play comes to Springfield on September 20th and Eugene on September 25th. 

Cover Oregon Leader Resigns

Jan 3, 2014

The man who led Oregon's problem-plagues health insurance exchange has submitted his resignation.

Rocky King has been on medical leave since December 2. His resignation is effective at the end of his leave, March 5.

Cover Oregon Suspends Ads

Dec 27, 2013

With its troubled health insurance exchange portal still not working, Cover Oregon officials say they have suspended its optimistic, feel-good advertising campaign after spending more than $8 million on it this year.

Cover Oregon official Michael Cox said Thursday that television, radio, and newspaper ads should no longer be running, while the "Long Live Oregonians" billboards will come down as payment expires.

The exchange has had to rely exclusively on paper applications and had to hire more than 400 workers to process them.

Cover Oregon Enlists People

Dec 17, 2013
oregonlive.com

The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans.

The number released yesterday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago.

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Dec 13, 2013
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

Cover Oregon And Its Ongoing Troubles

Dec 10, 2013
coveroregon.com

Cover Oregon can't seem to catch a break. 

The highly-touted and heavily advertised online health insurance exchange for Oregon did not make its deadline, and was unable to sign up any customers for health insurance through its web page.

Oregon Health Exchange To Get Help

Nov 22, 2013

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber plans to announce changes to the state's troubled health insurance exchange. It is running far behind other states and has yet to enroll a single person.

Kitzhaber's office would describe the changes only as "additional resources, support, and accountability to boost health care enrollment."

Cover Oregon Rolls Out "Application Fairs"

Nov 19, 2013
coveroregon.com

The federal healthcare.gov website is the focus of anger and the butt of many jokes these days, since it has yet to deliver on the promise of allowing people to browse and sign up for health insurance.

Things may actually be worse at the state site coveroregon.com.

Cover Oregon Continues To Struggle

Nov 11, 2013
coveroregon.com

Oregon has long been a pacesetter in health care, and state officials laid out bold plans to uphold that reputation with a health insurance exchange bigger and better than anyone else's.

But more than a month after Cover Oregon's online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Governor John Kitzhaber's grand vision.

Cover Oregon Continues To Have Trouble

Oct 8, 2013
coveroregon.com

Nearly a week after launching, Oregon's health insurance exchange has received more than 230,000 unique website visitors and 7,300 phone calls.

But the website is still not able to finish enrolling applicants in coverage.

California Health Exchange Overstates Use

Oct 3, 2013
Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons

Officials with California's health insurance exchange say internal miscommunication led them to significantly overstate the number of hits the exchange's website received on the first day people could enroll in it.

Officials tell the Los Angeles Times the site received 645,000 hits on Tuesday, well below the 5 million they initially reported.