Time for NC’s Astonishingly Well-Compensated Health Care Clowns to Go

Colorful_Clown_2It started with the revelation of the $87,000 salary paid to a 24 year old McCrory political staffer with zero health care experience to be a Department of Health and Human Services “chief policy officer.”  Today we are treated to Lynn Bonner’s bombshell in the News and Observer that Joe Hauck, a VP of marketing and communications for DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos’s husband’s company, is being paid $228,000 for eight months of work. With no health background whatsoever, what Hauck’s task? Apparently to “execute new program concepts” and “analyze organizational requirements,” according to another 24 year old former McCrory political staffer who, as communications director at DHHS, is also paid nearly $90,000 with no health care experience. Finally today NC Policy Watch’s Sarah Ovaska reports that another “management consultant” DHHS contracted with was paid $100,000 for six months of work.

So, what have we gotten for all this amazingly highly-compensated private sector talent at a government agency where the bulk of the budget goes to providing health and long-term nursing care to millions of our most vulnerable citizens?  We have health care providers who aren’t being paid. A plan to take NC’s awarding winning Medicaid program Community Care and turn it over surprise, surprise, to private insurance company contractors.

It could almost be amusing. All these enormously highly paid “management professionals” running around managing only to make worse the organization they are being paid so much of our tax money to reform. Governor McCrory is presiding over an agency where cronyism runs amok, but that’s not the worst part of it. There are literally children going hungry because of these wealthy health care clowns.  There are literally small family doctors who are worried about going out of business because of these wealthy health care clowns. There are highly respected thirty-year state public health professionals being summarily fired as they worry about the cuts going on to dental care as the health care clowns look on.

The health care clowns are rolling in money.  Their kids aren’t going hungry. Their elderly parents don’t have to worry about going to a doctor. Their families get good dental care. It’s only all “those people” who have to suffer those indignities. The health care clowns have no accountability. Not one clown has been fired, demoted or otherwise reassigned because of the continuing debacles at DHHS. The health care clowns go home at night to their comfortable homes and their comfortable state paychecks and no doubt raise their voices indignantly that their faces and salaries are in the news. Then they come back the next day and execute a few more “program concepts” as people continue to suffer. It’s past time – way past time – for the health care clowns to go.



  1. Frances Jenkins

    September 7, 2013 at 5:49 am

    The story should be about all the corruption in DHHS before Wos. You are protecting one of the most corrupt departments in NC. This is all part of the Bluepoint plan to destroy. You have become part of the problem.

  2. Alan

    September 7, 2013 at 8:26 am


    What color is the sky in your world? Yet another tin-foil hat comment.

  3. Vickie

    September 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I see it differently I guess. I am mystified by the attitudes we seem to be developing here in this state. Never enough money to help out schools, the poor; starving children. Is it my imagination or does the people elected to serve us seem more content to serve themselves and their friends than the ones that put them there? It almost seems like they are beginning to look at the poor in contempt and quite willing to sell them out and feel justified for it. Is it any wonder why people that desperately need services and could easily qualify are afraid to go? Who could blame them? No one wants to be labled as a ‘freeloader’ and shame on anyone who thinks that way. What a sad state affairs we are coming to in NC.

  4. david esmay

    September 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Fances/Intern, why don’t you provide us with a link to substantiate anything accusation you’ve ever made including this one. Wait for it, is that the chirping of crickets I hear?

  5. Jack Wall

    September 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    From Wake Up, North Carolina: Perhaps all the NC Tea Party clowns who put the government clowns who made this health care mess into office will rethink their position when they are ones going hungry or their doctor leaves because he’s not being paid. What? Yeah, you’re right. Unlikely. These Tea Party adolescents have backed themselves into a corner and it takes more self awareness and openness than any of them have to own up to bad decisions!

  6. wncgirl

    September 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Ah Frances… you know you really aren’t worth the paltry sum you earn trolling for civitas…

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    September 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    And these are just the salaries you can uncover. Just think of all the waste, fraud, cronyism, and over paid bills present in the Medicaid system that is run by the same state bureaucracy.

  8. david esmay

    September 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yeah LSD, Mitt Romney, Bill Frist, and Rick Scott stole hundreds of millions by defrauding Medicare/Medicaid.

  9. emd

    September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Any idea when all the geniuses will get the NCFAST & NCTRACK actually fixed?

  10. Skeptic

    September 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    @emd: Never.

    @PatMcCluelessJacka*s: There is no way you’re not embarrassed for yourself. No f***ing way.

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