Oregon's Governor Seeks Legal Action in Oracle Website Failure

Will seek to recoup the state’s payments to Oracle plus damages, citing bugs in the system and missed deadlines.

INN Breaking News, May 30, 2014

Alison Vekshin

(Bloomberg) -- Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber asked the state attorney general to take legal action against Oracle Corp., the primary developer responsible for setting up the state’s failed Obamacare health-insurance exchange website.

Kitzhaber told a legislative committee yesterday he’s seeking to recoup the state’s payments to Oracle plus damages, citing bugs in the system and missed deadlines. He’s also asking the federal government and the state’s U.S. senators to explore the breakdown.

“The time has come to hold Oracle accountable for failing to deliver technology that worked, in the timelines that they agreed to,” said Kitzhaber, a 67-year-old Democrat.

Kitzhaber, who has come under political attack on the issue as he seeks a fourth term, has been trading blame with Oracle over the failure to create a website Oregonians could use to enroll in health coverage under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“Contrary to the story the state is promoting, Oracle has never led the Oregon health exchange project,” Redwood City, California-based Oracle, the biggest maker of database software, said in a statement.

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