U.S. State Accuses Oracle of Lying, Fraud and Racketeering

The state of Oregon, U.S, has sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives on Friday. Reason for the lawsuit is their failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program, also known as Obamacare. Oregon had paid Oracle around $240 million dollars for a system that never worked.

A 126 page long lawsuit was filed in Marion Country Circuit Court claiming that fraud, lying and “a pattern of racketeering” by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. “Not only were Oracle’s claims lies, Oracle’s work was abysmal,” the lawsuit said. 

In a statement issued from Oracle, it reads “the lawsuit is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project. The complaint is a fictional account of the Oregon Healthcare Project.” Oracle plans to fight the lawsuit and is confident that they will win both in this lawsuit and the one filed 2 weeks ago in the federal court.

Oregon was initially enthusiastic about the federal healthcare plan and their own Cover Oregon and quickly engaged in television commercials and print ads in advance of the rollout. But the Oracle-built site never worked and Oregonians were forced to submit paper applications in a hastily-organized process. In April Oregon moved to an exchange run by the federal government.

The original whistle-blower on this told the state that Oracle “planned … a behind the scenes effort” to keep the state from hiring an outside systems integrator who would oversee the project. The suit asks Oracle to pay for Cover Oregon’s financial losses, plus penalties for damages.

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Obama To Meet With Tech Execs Over Glitchy HealthCare.gov

Aiming to solve some of the Affordable Care Act’s Website woes, it appears that the White House will be hosting a meeting of minds on Tuesday. President Barack Obama will meet with executives from some of the country’s top tech companies, the list includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In all Obama is set to meet with at least 15 Tech executives to discuss how to improve the HeathCare.gov’s overall operation. Seeing as bugs and glitches have plagued this US Website where US residents can go to buy health insurance, since October these problems have included site crashes, down time, erroneous data and possible privacy violations.

This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has asked the tech sector for help on the matter, In October the President is said to have pulled in IT people from around the country to fix the site’s problems. Obama is also said to have reportedly spoke to Google, Oracle and Red Hat about the Glitches. At the beginning of December the Obama administration announced that it repaired hundreds of software bugs and made hardware upgrades. As a result of the overhaul the site’s up-time is said to be more than and its error rate is down below one percent, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Although the agency has said that “there is more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance the Website in the coming weeks”.  HealthCare.gov is scheduled to close its doors for registration on December 23rd to meet the deadline for 2014.

In addition to HealthCare.gov the tech executives are also excepted to discuss the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Over the past few months a handful of top tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL have banded together to demand transparency, oversight, accountability and reform of the NSA’s spying program.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

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