GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is stepping on toes and he knows it.
"I'm not doing it to cause pain, I'm doing it to let people know we've got some serious issues we need to confront, and we've got to some long term solutions," said Governor Pat McCrory.
McCrory says he was elected to make tough decisions and sometimes that means saying 'no'.
Most recently, he's axed the idea for a special session to expand Medicaid.
"I learned a long time ago - before you expand something, you fix what you have first and I've got to if the delivery system for the women, children, elderly that are currently on Medicaid and are frankly not giving the services that they need to have," explained McCrory.
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The governor has also been taking some heat lately on the issue of WIC funding. North Carolina has been called the only state to shut down the program during the federal shutdown but McCrory says that just isn't true.
"We did not shut off WIC. What we did was the right thing and warned people that if the shutdown would have continued that means we would not have had the money to pay for it," said McCrory.
On October 8th, The Department of Health and Human Services discontinued issuing WIC benefits. At that point, DHHS said 80-percent of the recipients already received their checks.
In a statement released to WFMY News 2, at that time, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos said "Some of our most vulnerable citizens, pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and young children, will be affected by the interruption of WIC services due to the federal shutdown."
Two days later - DHHS announced they secured funding to continue issuing vouchers through the month.
Wos then said, "By securing sufficient funds, we are able to continue supporting the women and children who depend on WIC."
"Our state is one of the highest volume states for the WIC program so we take the impact of the shutdown very seriously."
Both the Medicaid issue and this accusation about WIC have put a spotlight on North Carolina. Some say - for a bad reason. But McCrory's predecessor, Former Governor Jim Martin says when making tough decisions someone is always going to get blamed.
"The legislators that cut out those programs get blamed for it by their opposition and by a large extent those who comment of public policy. But the public generally realizes that that was a big responsibility and they are glad that someone is taking it," explained Martin.
McCrory and Martin are both republicans and the people who are upset with McCrory's decisions on Medicaid and his explanations of WIC are mostly democrats.
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