The failure of the Oregon Obamacare website has led to the taxpayer-funded senseless murder of 15 pristine, 60-foot pine trees.
Oregonians hoping to enroll in the state exchange before the deadline must complete and submit a 20-page paper application.
As reported by Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, the state exchange has received 30,000 paper applications:
"KOIN 6 News confirmed Cover Oregon has added dozens of extra fax lines to handle the paper applications being sent in by fax.
On Wednesday, King said they had received about 24,000 paper applications. That number now is closer to 30,000. But many people complained of busy signals when trying to send in their application by fax."
30,000 applications, multiplied by 40 pages per application (20 pages on the sending end, 20 pages on the receiving end) adds up to 1,200,000 pieces of paper. According to HowStuffWorks.com, a 60-foot tall, one-foot diameter pine tree produces 80,500 pieces of paper.
1,200,000 divided by 80,500 = 14.9 trees.