Oracle Sues Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'
The Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence"
in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences.
Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.
"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn't match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle," Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.
Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal
involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain.