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6/24/2014
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Oracle Documents: Politics Sabotaged Oregon Healthcare Website

State officials, not shoddy software, stopped the consumer launch of the Cover Oregon healthcare website, Oracle reportedly says in documents submitted to Congressional committee.

Oracle's presentation to Congress (Source: KATU)
Oracle's presentation to Congress (Source: KATU)

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stotheco
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6/25/2014 | 3:28:33 PM
Re: Oracle's unlikely theory
Both sides failed here, and basically their theory does sound crazy. It would be interesting to hear what the other side has to say. Few things make sense at this point.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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6/24/2014 | 2:09:58 PM
Oracle's unlikely theory
I will admit to not entirely understanding how politicians think or why they do what they do. Still, Oracle's suggestion that the governor decided not to launch the online insurance application to the public in February because it wasn't politically convenient to do so is an odd theory. By February, the state was already months late introducing functionality that was supposed to go live on Oct. 1. With every passing day, the embarrassment became a little worse until the state wound up alone at the end of the open enrollment season as the only state never to have enrolled a citizen in an insurance plan online. And we're supposed to believe the governor let that happen, just so he could shift more of the blame onto Oracle, rather than himself? He and his administration have caught plenty of blame for this fiasco and the intensity of that blame only got worse as time went on. The way this played out also subverted one of his administratiion's major policy objectives.

Tell me if you disagree, but I don't see any political advantage in letting the project fail as badly as it did.
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