Ken Eudy came to see me yesterday, upset by my last post . He felt it was too rough. In the interest of fairness, I will pass on his thoughts. His last effort to defeat parity was in 1998. (That's also the last time I wore a size 6, but I remember it fondly as the not-too-distant past.) The bill was rushed through the Senate and, according to Ken would have allowed an addict to attend 28-day rehab programs 12 times in a calendar year. The reasons weren't as compelling as the chicken enchiladas that were cooling on my table. (Did I mention it was dinnertime?) Anyway, he personally supports mental health parity and hasn't discussed it with Blue Cross since they killed it in '98. Finally, he does no lobbying for Blue Cross at this time. So, I'm passing that on in fairness to Ken Eudy.
My point, in my previous post and in my conversation last night, is that I am here to show people what's going in state politics. Not as someone who's at the legislature everyday, but as someone who's more interested in politics than some and who pays attention to and connects the news that's widely available. An armchair observer or a gal on the street, if you will. Ken Eudy is a force in Democratic politics in North Carolina who is also working to keep BCBS smelling like roses as they defeat things like mental health parity. I stand by that assessment, and I enjoy writing for this blog. I hope this clears the air.