In an interview with UNC-TV, Ronnie Chatterji explained his goals for seeking the office of North Carolina State Treasurer.
“I think it is the most important job that no one’s ever heard of,” Chatterji said of the State Treasurer role. “The Treasurer manages the $100 billion pension fund for our state employees and the state health plan which covers over 700,000 people in this state.”
Chatterji also argued that a wonk, or nerd as he describes himself, is best-suited for the job of managing state money. He says that the incumbent does not take into consideration external factors like climate change that could affect returns on the state’s investments.
“I think the state health plan is going in the wrong direction,” Chatterji says. The incumbent Dale Folwell’s plan would put state employees out of network, Chatterji said. “We need a fresh start.”
One priority should be expanding Medicaid, Chatterji said, which would help the finances of hospitals across the state. He added that money should be aligned with health care outcomes, not just fees for service. The state should look at the quality of care, not just the cost, he said.