McCrory names transition team

Pat McCrory announces his transition team.
November 8, 2012 8:13:39 PM PST
Governor-elect Pat McCrory named the first members of his transition team Thursday and said he plans to work closely with current Governor Bev Perdue as he gets ready to take office in January.

He told reporters he spent the morning with Perdue, who he described as "incredibly gracious and cooperative."

McCrory said he planned to lean on past governors to get as much knowledge as possible in his new job.

The Governor-elect named John Lassiter as the leader of his steering committee. McCrory said his goals for the team include identifying the best talent for his staff, reviewing policy issues, and reviewing the operations of state government to see if changes should be made.

McCrory said all his team members will be required to sign an ethics pledge.

"We expect full compliance," said McCrory.

The Governor-elect said he wants to change the attitude of state government and create a culture of customer service.

"Our number one goal is to help North Carolina," said McCrory.

McCrory announced that a website - www.workforpat.com - has been set up for people who want to apply or volunteer.

McCrory said it was too early to speak about specific policy decisions, but said he had spent significant time with Perdue talking about health care, transportation, economic development, and tax policy issues.

Reporters asked about the new national health care law - sometimes referred to as "Obamacare" - but officially named the Affordable Care Act.

States must notify Washington a week from Friday whether they will be setting up new health insurance markets, called exchanges, in which millions of households as well as small businesses will shop for private coverage. The Health and Human Services Department will run the exchanges in states that aren't ready or willing.

McCrory said now that the election has passed, states are scrambling to understand the law.

"Total confusion," he offered.

The Governor-elect said he planned to be on a conference call Friday with other governors to talk about the issue.

"No one understands the bill or its implementation," he said.

"It'll be interesting to see if any revisions are made," he continued.

Open enrollment for exchange plans is scheduled to start Oct. 1, 2013, and coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

In all, more than 30 million uninsured people nationwide are expected to gain coverage under the law. About half will get private insurance through the exchanges, with most receiving government help to pay premiums.

Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report

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