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    Looking back at 2016



    Politics of optometry

    2016 was a political year.

    Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) pocket vetoed a bill allowing optometrists to participate in third-party medical insurance plans without being required to also participate in vision care plans.

    U.S. House lawmakers are considering a measure that would hold online sellers of contact lenses accountable for deceptive or illegal sales tactics that may threaten patient health. The Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 6157), introduced in September, aims to crack down on illegal sales tactics and make increased enforcement to safeguard public health a priority for the Federal Trade Commission.

    Optometry’s own Lisa Shin, OD, from New Mexico spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and encourages her fellow ODs to get involved in national politics.

    With the 2016 presidential election finally over, current speculation centers on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its future in a new administration.

    Malcolm Gladwell characterized the current state of health care in the United States as a blend of pathologies and policies—“a mystery wrapped in a puzzle”—in the keynote talk at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting in Anaheim.

    And in case the past year (politics notwithstanding) caused you much angst, Tracy Schroeder Schwartz, OD, FAAO, told us how to overcome our stress. I take her at her word—she is the most Type A person I know!

    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...

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