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McCrory relates to Obama's problems with health website

Posted October 22, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory says he feels President Barack Obama's pain.

Obama has pulled out the stops in trying to fix the technical problems that have plagued the HealthCare.gov website since it opened for health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1. The president on Monday made a high-profile statement in the White House Rose Garden to stem criticism of the site, noting that he was also frustrated by the site delays and vowing to get things straightened out.

McCrory has been on a similar hot seat in recent months, standing by his Department of Health and Human Services as it tries to address problems with two computer systems implemented this year. NCTracks has been slow in handling Medicaid claims, while NC FAST has left some people without food stamps benefits for months.

In a Tuesday interview with WRAL News, he blamed the balky systems on the administration of former Gov. Beverly Perdue, noting that the systems were overdue and that his DHHS managers "had the courage" to move forward with them and try to work out the kinks.

"We're willing to take the black eyes for a system that was poorly bought, poorly trained and poorly implemented," he said.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos is doing everything she can to fix the problems, McCrory said, adding that he plans to stand by her as she takes "cheap shots" over the department's operations.

"She's one of the smartest people I have ever worked with in my public service career," he said.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was similarly "set up for failure," the governor said, in rolling out HealthCare.gov despite its problems.

McCrory with Crabber Web only: McCrory reflects on 10 months in office

During the interview, McCrory also defended North Carolina's new elections law, which has been challenged in court by the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and others. He said other states have similar regulations, and he criticized state Attorney General Roy Cooper for his public stance against the legislation.

"You have to separate the politics from your own personal opinions and job you were elected to do," he said.

McCrory also promised to announce by next May "fantastic proposals" to benefit public school teachers and touted his administration's accomplishments during his first 10 months in office.

"We accomplished more in the first 10 months than any administration has in the past 20 years," he said, citing tax reform, an overhaul of highway funding, a reorganization of the Department of Commerce and changes to state personnel laws.

"Both Republicans and Democrats didn't like an outsider coming in, but I knew we had to make some dynamic changes," he said. "You don't read about it, but those things are going to make a major difference in the long run."

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  • wildpig777 Oct 24, 2013

    this state needs less repubs and less demos- and more libertarians. yall have seen first hand what the 2 parties have done to this state-- what more will it take for the people of this state to STAND UP AND ROUNDLY REJECT THE IDIOCY OF BOTH PARTYS? THE DEMOS AND REPUBS would make slaves out of north Carolinians......

  • Jack Flash Oct 23, 2013

    "The only problem I have with the governor is that he is not conservative enough, especially after 120 years of liberal control and corruption."

    Let's not pretend the two major political parties have been stagnant and stayed in their lanes over those 120 years. Conservatives don't get to claim the Democrats/Dixiecrats were so hateful and racist 70 years ago when it suits their needs, then claim the same party has been in control for 120 years just b/c the name stayed the same.

    On top of that, just how liberal do you think NC has ever really been? I'd say we've been more liberal than, say, Alabama, sure, but compared to NY? California? What's the comparison, exactly? I see a world of difference between someone saying we've been a slightly left of center state and that we need to get more conservative and someone saying we've been a liberal state for 120 years. That first person at least seems more in touch w/ reality. But getting more conservative b/c we've been LIBERAL FOR 120 YEARS?

  • junkmail5 Oct 23, 2013

    There's no need to pass blame for the $5 billion state budget deficit. We know who to blame. Well, some of us do.
    tdouble232323

    Well, certainly you put some of the blame on the GOP NCGA who just cut taxes (and thus state revenue) for rich people in the face of such a deficit, right?

  • tdouble232323 Oct 23, 2013

    "Wait... I thought Republicans were all about personal responsibility and NOT blaming the "last guy" for problems?
    Guess that's only true when the other side is doing it..."

    There's no need to pass blame for the $5 billion state budget deficit. We know who to blame. Well, some of us do.

  • tdouble232323 Oct 23, 2013

    "Wait... I thought Republicans were all about personal responsibility and NOT blaming the "last guy" for problems?

    Guess that's only true when the other side is doing it..."

    Last guy meaning last 150 years of governing. He's not making excuses, it's just many (and apparently yourself) are unable to speak out loud the truths I made mention of. If you don't know or fail to recognize that there is a $5 billion deficit, then we really can't address this issues that created it.

  • snshine62d Oct 23, 2013

    What a republican having problems with a web site??? Say it's not so.........Everyone needs to get real with new web sites when they roll out. The majority of them have problems. Look at Microsoft.........People need to relax.

  • GOPtakersSociety Oct 23, 2013

    Except, oh yeah, there is something stopping people from doing that......the price! If you want to pay a lot more money for insurance, you are 100% free to buy it on the private market.

    bill0

    and there lies the crux of the problem, without the exchange and issues with the NC GA, many Insurance providers balked when the NC GA started their game playing, otherwise there would be multiple prices from multiple sources....I.E. competition!

  • GOPtakersSociety Oct 23, 2013

    Actually Pat, because of your refusal to expand Medicaid and refusal to set up a NC Exchange, your are the cause of this pain, you are a pain.....may that pain be removed in 2016

  • junkmail5 Oct 23, 2013

    He could've went on much longer about the NCTracks system he was handed from previous administration. The millions and years spent on NCTracks are not being reported accurately. Pat is taking the fall for a $5 billion budget deficit and broken state government. Democrats have set themsevles up nicely, they can blame Republicans for all the problems that are coming to a head because of the Dems governing last few decades. Well played NC Dems!
    tdouble232323

    Wait... I thought Republicans were all about personal responsibility and NOT blaming the "last guy" for problems?

    Guess that's only true when the other side is doing it...

  • tdouble232323 Oct 23, 2013

    He could've went on much longer about the NCTracks system he was handed from previous administration. The millions and years spent on NCTracks are not being reported accurately. Pat is taking the fall for a $5 billion budget deficit and broken state government. Democrats have set themsevles up nicely, they can blame Republicans for all the problems that are coming to a head because of the Dems governing last few decades. Well played NC Dems!

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