Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online
health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley
titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed
deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process
thousands of insurance applications on paper. […]
Initially, Oracle promised it could get the job done. But by
mid-May, the head of Cover Oregon, Rocky King, had written the
company, pleading for “a simple calendar schedule … to
ascertain whether or not we will be able to deliver” a working
exchange by Oct. 1.
Five months later, when Oregon’s exchange was supposed to go live,
the site still didn’t work. And as recently as two weeks ago, the
state had not yet managed to sign up a single person for private
health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.