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Dem: 'I Think You're Foolish if You Go on a Website' to Choose Health Care

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | March 20, 2014 | 3:44 PM EDT

Tomorrow is the four-year anniversary of Obamacare's passage - and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) couldn't be more disappointed.  Besides his state's health exchange being in shambles, he's proposed a bill to delay Obamacare's enrollment deadline, which is set at March 31st.  He also says it's "foolish" to think that one could choose a health insurance plan through a website.

At an editorial board meeting this week, the congressman said:

"My message to everyone out there is: don't worry about the dang website: talk to an agent.

"You know, that's the real world. I mean, I never got health care by going on a website, or doing all my research and calling up Blue Cross and saying 'hey, I want plan A,B, C.'  I always went with a health insurance agent. And, I think you're foolish, with all due respect, if you go on a website and you think you're going to figure out what the right health care for you is."

After all, how could you not have this opinion about Cover Oregon's website, which accidentally enrolled illegal aliens for full Obamacare benefits; a move contrary to federal law?  Additionally, there's the allegation that web managers produced fake pages for the site to mislead federal officials about the exchange's progress.