Cover Oregon — the failed Oregon ObamaCare exchange — wasted over $300 million. The exchange didn’t register one single person and eventually was scrapped. Oregon has since sued the Oracle Corporation for bungling the project. Oracle — of course — denies it is responsible and blames several state agencies and governing bodies vying for control.
To date — says the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office — Oregon has spent almost $16 million in the legal battle. And it’s not close to finished. Trial doesn’t begin until January and the price tag by that time is estimated to be $27 million.
The case has been shrouded in secrecy. Oracle has asked the court — and received permission — to keep thousands of pages of evidence out of public view. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Courtland Geyer has agreed. The Oregonian/OregonLive has pushed the judge on the secrecy and said the public has a right to know.
Courtland recently agreed so future hearings could be more public than those in the past.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum thinks the spending is worth it since the state could end up recouping most of that money. She’s resisting to calls for her and Governor Kate Brown to settle out of court and move on.
“This case is about making sure Oregonians are paid back fairly for the miserable job performance of a corporate contractor that we hired. We paid $240 million to Oracle to produce a health exchange that never worked,” Rosenblum said.
By the way, Oracle has filed counter suits — five of them to be exact. Its attorney Ken Glueck said Oregon is stalling and not providing Oracle with information it needs to fight the original suit. “The case is a complete fabrication. The Attorney General has committed fraud on the court and we intend to ask for sanctions,” he said.
The Oregonian thinks there may have been a $25 million settlement that was close to being agreed upon. Oracle was ready to give most of that money to the state in software and the agreement was between the firm Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff. For some reason it was taken off the table.
Meanwhile, Republican House leader Rep. Mike McLane is shocked at the cost and thinks the state is throwing money away. He agrees with Oracle. The problem is the state’s and not Oracle’s. “I had feared it [the cost] would be extremely high, but my God, I'm shocked by that number,” McLane said.
Source link: OregonLive.com