The news conference laying out Gov. Pat McCrory's plan for Medicaid managed care took an unexpected turn when a reporter asked about transparency.
Apparently, state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos does not like being asked for draft public documents. The state Supreme Court has ruled that drafts of public agency reports are public records.
Rose Hoban of North Carolina Health News got the whole thing started Wednesday when reminded Wos that her office deemed some of the responses to her office's request for ideas for changing Medicaid would be shielded from public view because they contained proprietary information.
"Already we're not seeing transparency," Hoban said.
Wos replied, "I think the word transparency can get pretty dangerous. Because what does transparency mean? If transparency means that we're in a planning process and you're asking us tell us, 'Tell us all the things your planning,'' well, my goodness allow us to work and then we'll give you everything that you want. But allow us the intellectual capacity just to do our job."