The federal criminal investigation of Oregon's health insurance exchange took a step into public view Tuesday when the U.S. Attorney's office issued broad subpoenas seeking information from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority.
While the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interest in the exchange debacle had beenpreviously reported, the legal demands dated May 13 indicate things may have moved beyond a preliminary inquiry to a full-blown investigation.It appears that Oregon government spent at least $250 million to build a non-functioning online exchange. My guess is that the subpoenas are looking for evidence of criminal behavior. It is quite entertaining to read the comments from readers, overwhelmingly furious at what looks like money passed to political buddies. There is nothing quite as entertaining as watching Democrats who actually work for a living getting livid at the discovery that their beloved party redistributes wealth to the billionaires to produce a useless website.