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    1-800 Contacts ramps up legislative fights

     

    What happened in Arizona can happen in your state

    Dr. Hanian speculates that 1-800 Contacts saw Arizona as an ideal environment with a conservative government that is often anti-regulation.

    She says what happened in Arizona should open the eyes of ODs across the country to what 1-800 Contacts is trying to do legislatively. According to the AOA, 1-800 Contacts-backed bills sit in various stages in Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Minnesota.

    “What happened in Arizona was illustrative of a number of things—I think it revealed 1-800’s real agenda,” says Dr. Loomis. “In the hearings in Arizona, they really showed their hand. The discussion wasn’t about UPP—it was basically total deregulation.” 

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    Dr. Loomis says the increasing intensity with which 1-800 Contacts is working is a sign to him that the company is growing frustrated with its lack of legislative success in other states.

    “Even in the areas where it’s been most aggressive, it has not been successful,” he says.

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    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...

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