Schrader Calls On Oracle, Cover Oregon to Fix Website Immediately

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Washington, November 15, 2013 | Cody Tucker (202-225-5711) | comments

Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) today called on computer technology corporation Oracle and Cover Oregon to fix Oregon’s health insurance marketplace website,, immediately and bolster enrollment in new health care plans.

 “The implementation of Oregon’s health insurance marketplace has been abysmal,” Rep. Schrader said. “The current situation is completely unacceptable, and I expect much more from a state with a reputation for being an innovator in the field of health care.

 “Catastrophic technical failures, insufficient forethought and the complete absence of effective leadership and accountability at Oracle and Cover Oregon have resulted in our state being ranked dead last in enrolling folks in new health insurance plans, which is the heart and lifeblood of the health care law and the only way Oregonians are going to receive better, more affordable care.

 “I am committed to holding Oracle and Cover Oregon to their word that the Cover Oregon website will be up and operational by the middle of December. Until then, I demand that Congress see Oregon’s enrollment benchmarks for January and March, as well as weekly progress reports of applications submitted, eligibility for subsidies determined and people enrolled.

 “After hundreds of millions of dollars put into this marketplace, Oracle and Cover Oregon must accept responsibility for their failures and owe the people and State of Oregon an explanation and apology. Oracle and every board member at Cover Oregon should be also prepared to work around the clock to get this right, or step aside and allow professionals who can get the job done to do so. Oregonians deserve better.” 

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