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Richardson Proposes Shutting Down Cover Oregon

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A Republican state lawmaker who's running for governor says he'll introduce legislation to shut down the state's troubled health insurance exchange. A Republican state lawmaker who's running for governor says he'll introduce legislation to shut down the state's troubled health insurance exchange.

SALEM, OR - A Republican state lawmaker who's running for governor says he'll introduce legislation to shut down the state's troubled health insurance exchange.
    
Dennis Richardson of Central Point said Friday he'll propose that Oregon hand over its exchange to the federal government, which runs the operation for 36 other states.
    
The exchange, known as Cover Oregon, has struggled with technical glitches and its online enrollment system still hasn't launched. It's relying on hundreds of workers to process applications by hand.
    
The announcement came from Richardson's campaign for governor. He's running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber in the November election. Richardson's legislation is not likely to get through the Democratic Legislature.
    
A spokesman for Kitzhaber referred questions to the governor's campaign, which had no immediate comment.

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