Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers wanted nothing to do with the new federal health care law, passing a law earlier this year to reject any ties to the insurance exchanges.
But Tuesday, the day the online exchanges opened, McCrory struck a softer tone in a video statement released by his office but outlined no state help to those with questions.
Acknowledging his opposition, McCrory said "it's our duty to be as helpful as we can." The governor explained the basics with the preface, "no one has all the answers."
He noted that the uninsured will be subject to a federal penalty if they don't have insurance by March and he said "navigating Obamacare is not expected to be easy."
McCrory said the state distributed information about the health care law to local social service departments and McCrory referred questions to healthcare.gov. He did not offer any state resources.
"I pledge to do my best to keep you informed about all the major changes coming our way," McCrory concluded.