Thomas Mills Writes: Wos Loss

I cannot take credit for this article, but it is important enough to post it.  Thomas Mills wrote as follows:

Well, if the rumors swirling around Raleigh are true, Aldona Wos, Secretary of Health and Human Services is gone. If so, it looks like the McCrory administration waited for a Friday afternoon news dump, hoping people are distracted by the weekend. Regardless, the political establishment will take notice and Pat McCrory, who has stood by the embattled Secretary, will have yet another black eye.

But if the rumors aren’t true, they sure should be. Wos has made a mess of the department. She never understood the role of an administrator. She ran off most of the professional staff and brought in political hacks and ideological soul mates with little or no experience in health, human services or administration.

Instead of taking responsibility for her actions or those of the department, she blamed other people. She avoided the press and at one time said she was opposed to transparency. Several times, Wos tried to alter the truth and when she was caught, never explained or apologized. In her appearance before the legislature, she left members of both parties unsatisfied with her answers.

And it doesn’t help that she comes off as arrogant, condescending and elitist. Not a good combination in politics.

But for all her problems, McCrory stood by Wos. Nobody in either party knows exactly why. Some people think it’s her money. Others say he has an intense personal loyalty. Still other say he’s scared of her.

Who knows. But her biggest sin was hanging her boss out to dry. When salary-gate broke, Wos wouldn’t respond to the press leaving McCrory to defend the indefensible. He lied to cover up her stupid hires, saying that the two campaign hacks beat out more experienced people for jobs when, in reality, nobody else was considered. He should have fired her then, but since he didn’t have the backbone, she should have stepped down. With each of her mistakes, McCrory came out to defend her even as his poll numbers sank.

The whole debacle has been a sorry episode. If she’s done, it’s McCrory’s second cabinet secretary to go in less than a year. We still don’t why Kieran Shanahan left, but there won’t be much question about Wos. She was inexperienced, incompetent, ideological and arrogant. She had no business there in the first place. And that is Pat McCrory’s fault.

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Posted on October 18, 2013, in "Single State Agency", Accountability, Agency, Division of Medical Assistance, Health Care Providers and Services, Media, Medicaid, Medicaid Budget, Medicaid Costs, Medicaid Funds, Medicaid Recipients, NC, NC DHHS, NC Medicaid Director, NCTracks, North Carolina, Tax Dollars, Taxes, Taxpayers, Transparency and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m a big fan of loyalty. I adore it…but there’s a time when you have to recognize that you are being disloyal to others by wrongly maintaining loyalty to one. A governor should, above all, be loyal to the people represented by the governor’s office. I am not as up on the situation in NC as you are, but it sounds as if the governor has lost sight of this fact.

    It sounds as if he’s not even providing the duty of care I afforded my clients when I was a practicing insurance agent, and I view the fiduciary duty held by an insurance agent as being far lesser to the duty held by a governor.

  2. While all the turmoil continues in Raleigh, while the MCO’s attempt to merge or take over others either to be the biggest, the most powerful, the most recognized or maybe to attempt to get it right to help, the thing that all our elected officials beginning with the Governor and others who are in control of the programs that control the lives of individuals needs to see or understand is that the individuals that they are supposed to serve are being left dangling. We hear that this is not happening but to us who live it we see it happening every day. Federal laws are being violated. Services are not occurring as they are supposed to and the individuals who are supposed to be helping to straighten out this mess are not. Weather it be from inexperience, self serving or what ever their motives are, it is time sick, helpless individuals be at the forefront. Not representing things truthfully in your capacity of leadership should be inexcusable and not passed over with changing excuses. There are human lives here that are left dangling. Wake up and stop the insanity.

  3. palladiumsubbie

    I’m about neck deep in the world of finance, and I understand budget cuts. What I don’t understand is why they insist on being penny wise and pound foolish.

    The solution AR is looking into seems better and better. “Here’s your card! We’ll pick up any differences between your out of pocket on Medicaid and your out of pocket for this policy! Now your physician will be better paid, you’ll be healthier, and our expenses will be lower!”

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