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Cover Oregon: Oracle Says it’s Not to Blame

Written by Steve Herman on April 17, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After six months of near silence about the problems at Cover Oregon, the project’s main technology contractor is fighting back.

In a letter to Cover Oregon obtained by The Associated Press, Oracle Corp. President Safra Catz writes that her company provided “clear and repeated warnings” to Cover Oregon that the exchange would not launch last October.

Oregon officials have said Oracle regularly reassured them work on the portal was on track.

More than six months later, Oregon’s exchange is the only one in the nation that still doesn’t let the public enroll in coverage in one sitting. Instead, Oregonians must use a hybrid paper-online application process.

In a response letter, acting executive director Clyde Hamstreet writes he can’t yet respond to Oracle’s arguments, because he was appointed four days ago.

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