KEEPING WATCH FOR
CORPORATE ATTACKS ON HEALTHCARE
Optometric physicians are health care professionals that perform surgeries, diagnose and manage chronic eye diseases, and are tasked with detecting potentially life threatening conditions. Oklahoma has some of the highest quality of care -- and strongest protections for patients-- in the nation. We are fighting to ensure those standards are not undermined by corporate giants like Walmart, who want to place profit over patient safety.
OVERVIEW OF THE ISSUE
In November of 2018, Oklahoma voters decided to say NO to State Question 793, a Walmart-backed initiative that would have placed optometrists in big box stores and given giant retailers control over how medicine is practiced. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of the story: Walmart lobbyists are still trying to override a vote of the people by passing laws that water-down patient protections and medical standards.
Why? Pure and simple, this is about corporate greed. Taking optometric physicians out of medical clinics and lowering the standard of medical care is bad for Oklahomans and bad for vision health.
Oklahoma has some of the strongest laws in the country to encourage safe, reliable and cost-effective vision care. As a result, we have talented optometrists operating in virtually every corner of the state. Rewriting those laws to fit Walmart’s business model will make it harder to find high quality, affordable optometric services.
We're keeping our eye on this issue, and we hope you will too. Walmart’s money and corporate influence shouldn’t be allowed to reverse the results of an election.
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