Oregon governor seeks lawsuit over health exchange

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's asked the state attorney general to sue the company that built the state's online health insurance enrollment system, the failure of which embarrassed the state and resulted in multiple investigations.

The Democratic governor requested in a letter Thursday that the state sue Oracle Corp. He says it's time to hold accountable the website's main technology contractor.

Oregon paid Oracle $134 million in federal funds to build what turned out to be a glitch-filled website. Instead of signing up for health insurance in one sitting, Oregonians had to fill out paper or online applications that were processed partially by hand.

Oregon abandoned plans for fixing the site and is switching to the federal portal.

The state is still withholding $25.6 million in payments from Oracle.