More details are emerging in the ongoing drama of fingerpointing between Governor John Kitzhaber, Cover Oregon, ObamaCare and software developer Oracle. KATU reported on Sunday evening that, according to Oracle, the Cover Oregon site that they built was functional and ready to use in February 2014, and was only shut down for political reasons by Governor Kitzhaber and officials at Cover Oregon.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Did the Cover Oregon website work, after all?
Software vendor Oracle provided information last week to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee claiming the website was operational in February, but that the state of Oregon pulled the plug on it for political reasons.
The On Your Side Investigators obtained a copy of the Power Point presentation, which alleges the state deliberately distorted the case for abandoning the Cover Oregon website in favor of transitioning to the federal exchange.
“Cover Oregon executives have stated to Oracle that the application functionality is sufficient to support individual enrollment,” Oracle president Safra Catz wrote in a letter addressed to Cover Oregon interim director Clyde Hamstreet and state CIO Alex Pettit. “However, Cover Oregon has not agreed to give individuals direct access to the application. Thus Cover Oregon, not Oracle, made the decision to keep the exchange closed to individuals even though the functionality has been delivered by Oracle.”
The presentation was delivered to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which requested the federal investigation that is currently underway by the Government Accountability Office.
In its presentation to the House committee, Oracle claims an analysis of the website by one of its competitors, Deloitte, overestimated the time and money required to finish the website. Deloitte concluded it would cost $78 million to finish the job, or $5 million to move to the federal exchange.
“Deloitte’s analysis ignores the fact that the system is ready for release, and has been since February 2014,” Oracle’s presentation reads. “Deloitte’s estimate to complete the existing exchange is grossly inflated and appears to be based, at least in part, on Deloitte’s lack of experience with certain functional areas and their desire to replace those portions of the existing system with their own custom approach.”
Kitzhaber’s office released a statement on Sunday evening which leaves more questions than answers:
After repeated testing from October 2013 to February 2014 and failures of the website to perform at minimal levels, Cover Oregon leadership, Cover Oregon’s Board and Governor Kitzhaber made the decision.
Oracle blasted Kitzhaber in their presentation to the Energy and Commerce Committee, speculating as to the real motives behind the cancellation of the project:
Oracle can only conclude that the Governor’s unwillingness to release the website is because doing so doesn’t fit with his re-election strategy of blaming Oracle for his own mistakes.
Moe Lane wraps it up nicely at his blog:
So, who’s right? That’s the glorious part: they can all be weasels! Oracle can be an incompetent Obama client company that had one job, and failed to do it. Deloitte Consulting can be another hanger-on in the Obama court that took the opportunity to do well with a well-placed shiv; and John Kitzhaber can be the abjectly ineffective governor who is desperately trying to get out from under the absolute worst disaster in the endless litany of failure that has been the Obamacare rollout.