FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2018
Progressive Land of Make Believe Bad Bill of the Week: Protectionist ‘Ocular Telemedicine’ Ban
Progressive Committee Chairman “Dismisses” Testimony of Conservative Nonprofit CEO!
Providence, RI — The legislative onslaught by insider protectionists continues, this time seeking to ban a promising area of technological innovation that blocks competition.
Tabbed as the “Progressive Land of Make Believe Bad Bills of the Week” in a new post by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, H7608 and S2404 would impose a virtual ban on the emerging industry of tele-medicine; specifically on online ocular tests for lens prescription refills that can save consumers time and money, and that could reduce Medicaid costs.
Even more troubling, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Joshua Miller, who oversaw last Thursday’s hearing on the legislation, said, after interrupting the testimony multiple times, that he would “dismiss” the testimony of the Center’s Mike Stenhouse. “It is a common tactic of progressives like Senator Miller to seek to shut down open and honest debate from those they disagree with, by pretending that their views, and only their views, merit discussion,” said the Center’s CEO.
GoLocalProv.com broke the story over the weekend of the disturbing behavior of the Senator, who was also criticized in the article by Common Cause RI.
Other Bad Bills: An interactive table of other progressive bad bill candidates, as well as posts and video commentary on previously tabbed “progressive bad bills of the week” can be found at RIFreedom.org/Bills.