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Congressional panel releases critical Cover Oregon report

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A congressional committee has found former Gov. John Kitzhaber, his advisers and a federal agency mishandled the creation of Oregon's health insurance enrollment website.

The committee is asking the Justice Department and state attorney general to conduct criminal investigations. It says in a report the Democratic governor's political advisers made decisions regarding Cover Oregon with his re-election campaign in mind.

Oregon produced the country's worst rollout of the new national health insurance program. While the crippled federal website eventually worked, Oregon's failed to enroll a single person online. The state had to hire 400 people to process paper applications.

The Republican-controlled House committee says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' failed oversight of Cover Oregon resulted in millions of wasted taxpayer dollars.

An email seeking comment from Kitzhaber early Wednesday morning through his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, wasn't immediately returned. Representatives from CMS also didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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