South Carolina Bans Remote Exams for Eyeglass Prescriptions
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"In Gov. Haley's veto message, she said, "I am vetoing this bill because it uses health practice mandates to stifle competition for the benefit of a single industry, effectively banning eye care kiosks statewide.... Unfortunately, a small group of eye care professionals are seeking to block new technologies that expand low-cost access to vision correction services."
Summarizing the optometrists' argument, she said that they claimed that the remote eye exams "pose a public health risk, which is simply untrue." In addition, she said that optometrists argue that the kiosks create an uneven playing field because licensed providers cannot charge patients for using the same technology in a medical practice. She said she would be willing to sign a potential bill extending the right to use telemedicine to eye care professionals."
Legislatures are incapable of not engaging in this form of protectionism. As it is, the small group is wealthy enough to pay the legislators for the outcome it desires. And the legislators do not have the standards to do what is right for the community. They only do what is right for themselves. It will be up to the people of the states to either constitutionally limit the legislators, or make it politically profitable for them to do the right thing.
In the end, this argument is not about health, it is about money, and consumer choice. The protectionists believe that the individual should not have these choices. They believe people in South Carolina are apparently too stupid to make decisions such as eye care, and eye medical health.
This is simply another instance of the destructive progressive blue model of governance, injuring the poor, while benefiting the wealthy. This is what the blue model was created to do, and it continues to do it very well. Progressivism is a lie about helping the poor while actually doing the opposite.