Wos tries to rewrite history, blames Medicaid fiasco on Insurance Commissioner Goodwin
In keeping with the fine tradition of the McCrory administration, Aldona Wos looks citizens in the eye and lies through her teeth. Thank goodness North Carolina Health News was on the scene.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told an audience in Reidsville today that the decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid program came from state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Her comments came during a community forum held at Annie Penn Hospital during a question-and-answer period with the audience of 70 to 80 hospital personnel, community members and medical professionals.
To which the Department of Insurance had this to say:
The comment was met with incredulity at the Department of Insurance. According to Marni Schribman, a spokeswoman for the department, Goodwin had been directing his department to prepare for expansion of the Medicaid program for months. But that process was derailed this winter when both houses of the General Assembly passed legislation to reject the Medicaid expansion. In the Senate, the bill was filed on the first day of the session. The House followed soon after.
McCrory, who has repeatedly called North Carolina’s Medicaid system “broken,” signed the bill into law on March 6.
It's tempting to use the word "unbelievable" to describe this kind of deception and lack of accountability. But it's entirely believable. In fact, it's business as usual for the McCrory gang.