Oracle blamed for terrible Oregon Obamacare site
The state's portal cost $43 million to develop and hasn't signed up a single person. Officials are blasting the company for what's being called a 'disaster zone.'
By Julie Bort, Business Insider
Oracle (ORCL) is being publicly flogged for Oregon's dysfunctional Affordable Care Act website.
The website has been called "the worst disaster zone" in the Obamacare’s roll out" by The Washington Post's Ezra Klein.
That's because the state's website cost $43 million ($1.7 million over budget) and hasn't been able to sign up a single person. Worse still, it might not be working until after the March 31 deadline for enrolling in health care.
So said the Oregon executive responsible for the state's rollout, Rocky King, in a hearing last week, as reported by Blue Oregon's Kari Chisholm.
Cover Oregon board member Ken Allen blasted Oracle at the hearing, saying:
This is their failure. . . Their dates have shifted and shifted and shifted. . . The Cover Oregon staff are tremendously dedicated folks who have worked really hard. . . All of that good will and support from the business community is being frittered away because Oracle didn’t get it online. It’s 98% Oracle’s screw up.
Meanwhile, Oregon hired 400 temp workers to process paper applications by hand, so that people who apply for coverage by Dec. 15 will have coverage by Jan. 1, Allen said.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley blasted Oracle on television, too.
When NBC's Chuck Todd asked him on Friday if he could explain the problems with Oregon's health care rollout, he answered "Yes. Oracle."
And he let that word hang in the air until Todd asked him for details. Then Merkley said:
Oracle was contracted to write the exchange. They promised it would be fully delivered on time, it would be beautiful and do more than any other exchange in the country, and it's in complete dysfunction. So we had to return to paper applications.
The irony of this situation is that Oracle is one of the Silicon Valley companies that the Obama administration has called in to help fix the disastrous federal website.
We asked Oracle if it had any response, or any explanation for Oregon's website problems. Oracle had no comment.
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Obama care isn't about health care, it's a political movement.
And, you lose.
It is back to the blame game. As a resident of Oregon and retired procurement professional I can tell you the state has little expertise in this area. But the bottom line is the State is ultimately responsible for managing their supplier(s). Senator Merkely is noting but a political shill for the Democratic party. He has been totally behind the ACA ignoring problem areas and pleas from citizens to delay the implementation until recently. Now that problems are being escalated in the press threatening his re-election in 2014 he has suddenly become more vocal. Oregonians replace this hypocrite in 2014. We need legislators who read and understand bills before voting them into law.
Is anybody adding up ALL the individual states' IT expenditures + future IT maintenance expenses + federal government IT development and IT expenses. And, that's just the IT expenditures. Then, what the individual policy holder is going to pay in increased expenditures. Mine would have increased a mere 93% - God only knows what it will increase to come January 1, 2015.
Think there might be some additional tax increases to help pay for all this "progressive" stuff? It's definitely coming out of somebody's hide. Maybe they'll just tax those evil rich people and they will take care of the rest of us. This whole thing just keeps getting better and better.
(Reuters) - President would veto a bill sponsored by a Republican congressman that would allow insurers to offer healthcare plans slated to be canceled because they do not meet the new U.S. healthcare law's standards, the White House said on Thursday.
The veto threat came hours after Obama, under fire for the botched roll-out of his signature domestic policy achievement, said health insurers could extend by at least one year policies that were due to be canceled because they do not comply with new minimum requirements.
The White House has said previously that the bill, sponsored by Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, would undermine the law known as Obamacare because it would allow plans that had been canceled to be sold to anyone, not just people who wanted to renew their existing plans.
The bill "rolls back the progress made by allowing insurers to continue to sell new plans that deploy practices such as not offering coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men, and continuing yearly caps on the amount of care that enrollees receive," the White House said in a statement on Thursday.
"The administration supports policies that allow people to keep the health plans that they have. But, policies that reverse the progress made to extend quality, affordable coverage to millions of uninsured, hard-working, middle-class families are not the solution," it said.
Upton is the chair of the House of Representatives' energy and commerce committee and a longtime critic of Obamacare.
Democrats and Republicans have expressed anger over the prospect of several million Americans having their policies canceled. Obama's proposed fix on Thursday was aimed at addressing one of a myriad of problems associated with the law since the glitchy website Healthcare.gov went online last month.
The politicians are to blame, but they’re taking a page from the white house and blaming everyone but themselves.
The politicians hired, or approved the hiring of Oracle, so the fault lies with them.
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