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My first five actions as the new Secretary of NC DHHS

OK, it’s admittedly a little bit of a long shot. And I haven’t ever been much of a really big campaign donor to anyone. But given the turmoil at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, I believe laying out my proposed agenda for the first 100 days of my (potential) appointment by Governor Pat McCrory is worthwhile:

1. Fire all at-will political appointees.

2. Visit every major hospital, Medicaid community care network and mental health provider network in the state and as many major primary health practices and long-term care centers as possible.

3. Gather all the top DHHS employees on the lawn of the beautiful Dorothea Dix campus and speak about our collective responsibility and commitment to serve the youngest, oldest, poorest and most vulnerable North Carolinians.

4. Invite the press to a Q+A session once a month.

5. Convene a meeting of NC Medicaid, NC Blue Cross, the State Health Plan, and other major health insurers, hospitals and providers to discuss innovative ways we can integrate NC’s award-winning Medicaid program with other private and public coverage to reduce costs and improve care for everyone.

While I realize heading up DHHS is probably the toughest and least rewarding job in state government, effectively leading the agency that affects the lives of so many millions of North Carolinians in such profound ways is fundamentally a matter trust and commitment. Squander that trust and show yourself disconnected from the lives of the people you serve inevitably means failure.

5 Comments


  1. david esmay

    September 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I’m sorry Adam, but pretending to be busy while actually doing nothing is the Republican way.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I would think all these hysterical posts supporting your democrat friends would get you somewhere! Keep it up, if (a big if considering the good job being done so far) they get back in power there may be hope for you yet! At least you know with the compliant media they would shut down any reporting to personally evicerate (Blueprint’s term/goal) anything going on in Raleigh if you came into the postition.

  3. Emily Wilkins

    September 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I hope you are appointed. If not, maybe the current Secretary will attempt these five fundamental and worthwhile initiatives.

  4. Amy Freedman

    September 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I agree with all, except as to number one. I would at least give each person an in-depth interview to see whether or not he/she knows anything about their job description/duties. One or two may actually be qualified. The rest have to go!

  5. Alan

    September 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    LSD,

    I’m going to remind you of this comment when the GOP gets booted out of NC. At that point you can think of moving to Mississippi, there’s more like you down there.

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