The Governor addressed the Oregon State Legislature Technology Committee Thursday.
The state has paid Oracle well over 130 million for a website that has never fully worked.
"But we have unfinished business. Clearly I wanted to get our own house in order. I fired managers for lack of oversight. I have acknowledged that oversight was a problem and we've addressed that problem. But better oversight would have only alert us earlier to the poor performance of Oracle. Oracle did not deliver for the state of Oregon."
He admitted that Oracle will be a worthy opponent.
"Now let me be clear, I believe the law is on our side. I believe justice is on our side, but I also recognize that Oracle is a very large company, the second largest software company in the world and they will fight us tooth and nail. We're going to try and recoup some of the dollars that Oracle got for technology that didn't work and was not delivered on time."
Kitzhaber says the poor quality of work and many bugs that were not fixed, doomed the Cover Oregon website.
He has asked Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to initiate legal action against Oracle for its role in the bungled Cover Oregon website.