State Rep. Nelson Dollar responded carefully last week when asked about Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to open the state's Medicaid business to management by private companies.
("We need more details"- that kind of thing.)
The Cary Republican was less guarded in an email responding to a column by John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation. Hood praised McCrory's move.
Dollar has been big supporter of Community Care North Carolina, a home-grown Medicaid managed care network run by doctors. CCNC would not continue in its current form if McCrory's plan is approved.
"Read John's piece and there continues to be misconceptions as to the role of CCNC as well as the nature of the problems we've addressed the last two years," Dollar wrote.
"More important other states with co-called "competitive contracts" are having just as many challenges as everyone else. We have the foundation to do something truly innovative I hope we don't opt for the failures and traps of commercial managed care."
Dollar is a chairman of the House budget committee, a job he held last year.