Last week, Oracle Corporation and the State of Oregon reached a legal settlement in the ongoing fight over who was at fault for the Cover Oregon debacle. After Oregon spent $300 million, most of which went to Oracle, to build a failed website to sell health insurance, the lawsuits started flying. The settlement from Oracle is worth some $100 million, most of it in the form of product licensing (which is ironic, if you think about it). The litigation may now be over, but it's a small consolation prize for the taxpayers left holding the bill.
I think Oregon House Republican Leader Mike McLane said it best: "While Oracle clearly made mistakes, there is no escaping the fact that the state, too, shares blame for the failure of Cover Oregon. From the very beginning, the project was mismanaged and wracked by the failures of our bureaucracy."
While we can finally move on from the terrible effects of implementing Obamacare in Oregon, my opponent unfortunately is still stuck in failures of the past. Jim Thompson has made health care access a central issue of his campaign, but his record shows he can't be trusted. Here are the facts:
- Under his leadership, Oregon implemented Cover Oregon, which was supposed to lead the nation in providing access to health insurance. Instead, Oregon became an embarrassment to the nation byenrolling no one through its website.
- Jim was a central part of the legislative 'oversight' of Cover Oregon, but the committee he served on did nothing to make sure Oracle and the State kept on task to finish the promised website.
- Jim's campaign is funded by pro-universal health care politicians.
- Just this week Jim announced he is hosting a fundraiser featuring non-other than Congressman Kurt Schrader, who voted to implement Obamacare in the first place.
The Cover Oregon debacle was a large part of my motivation to challenge Jim Thompson two years ago. I was honored to be elected and have worked very hard to exercise the very oversight that Thompson failed at. After $300 million wasted and no one helped, I think the voters of House District 23 have no reason to expect anything different today of Jim Thompson.
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