Viewpoint: Hospital manager who told health plan to 'burn in hell' is not alone in frustration

Frank Kauder, the assistant director of finance at Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health who told state health plan trustees to "burn in hell," expressed a sentiment felt by many North Carolinians, writes the editorial board of Capitol Broadcasting Company, a Raleigh, N.C.-based broadcast news company.

In an editorial, CBC backs Mr. Kauder and his "exasperation and immense frustration" with local legislators.   

"Frank Kauder may have picked the wrong words and used an improper tone," the editorial reads. "But make no mistake, he was not alone in highlighting frustrations and disagreement that many, many North Carolinians — from board rooms to kitchen tables — share about the legislative leadership and state treasurer's hectic, ideological force-fed policy making."

Mr. Kauder made headlines last week when he signed off an email to the board of the N.C. State Health Plan with the salutation "Burn in hell, you sorry SOBs." The email was sent to State Treasurer Dale Folwell and other health plan board members regarding a 2020 reimbursement reduction for the state health plan, which covers government employees and teachers.

The CBC editorial lists several grievances with state lawmakers, including this reimbursement change and the state's decision not to expand Medicaid.

Read the full editorial here.


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