(CNN) – Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday he's asked Oregon's attorney general to sue Oracle, the contractor responsible for building the glitch-filled Cover Oregon health insurance website.
The Democratic governor is urging Ellen Rosenblum to put in place "immediate" legal action in order to recover funds paid to the California-based technology company.
"The time has come to hold Oracle accountable for its failure to deliver technology that worked on the timelines the company committed to," Kitzhaber said, according to prepared remarks delivered to the state legislature on Thursday.
"I believe the law is on our side. I believe justice is on our side,” he said.
Kitzhaber also reached out to the federal government over the controversy in a letter to Health and Human Services Inspector General Ellen Rosenblum. He also pushed Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to help reclaim funds paid to the company.
In the correspondence to HHS, the governor notes an internal review's finding, which determined steps needed to improve the health care program.
"I have acted on the findings with a series of actions and reforms," he said. "Now it is time to hold Oracle accountable for its failure to deliver a working website."
Oregon dropped its state-run exchange, opting to join the federal HealthCare.gov option in April. The governor told the legislature that he didn't take legal action earlier because he was focused on fixing the problems first.
"I have prioritized cleaning up our own house before reviewing and commenting on the performance and failings of Oracle, Cover Oregon's primary website developer," he said.
The company on Thursday placed blame with the state, which it says "badly mismanaged the project by consistently failing to deliver requirements in a timely manner and failing to staff the project with skilled personnel."
"We understand the political nature of the announcement just made and that the governor wants to shift blame from where it belongs," the company said in a statement.