Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-08-02 08:40:03 –
Josh Turkovich, owner of Mon Valley Phone Repair in Monessen, is repairing his iPad at his store. (Photo by Ryan Loew / Public Source)
For Rob Oliver, personalized medical equipment means the difference between living freely and being trapped in bed.
Oliver from Pittsburgh, paralyzed below his chest, contacted the manufacturer to order a replacement part when he needed to install a new footrest on the shower chair. The component cost only a few dollars, but the manufacturer refused to sell it to him and offered to buy a new unit for over $ 1,500 instead.
For now, he’s stuck with a nail holding the footrest in place. Oliver said it wasn’t the only one that manufacturers refused to sell parts and allowed his attendants and family members to make what he thought was easy to repair.
“We can’t do that because we don’t have the parts available,” Oliver said. “I’m particularly disappointed when there are vendors who underestimate what people with disabilities can do at that level.”
A story like Oliver is at the heart of promoting the so-called “right to repair” bill. Proposed legislation, such as the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will require businesses to provide consumers with parts, tools, and knowledge to repair products that are out of the reach of many manufacturers.
The right to repair the movement connects farmers, small business owners, people with disabilities, hospital chains, consumer rights groups and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Due to intellectual property and safety concerns, we are faced with opposition from manufacturers of consumer electronics, medical hardware and farm equipment that want to maintain control of repairs.
Pennsylvania is one of at least 25 states to consider it this year, but no state has passed the broad right to amend the law. This effort can affect everything from the price of medical expenses to the amount of e-waste, and then the amount you pay when you break the phone screen.
D-McKeesport Rep. Austin Davis introduced the right to repair the bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in April 2020. The legislation did not deviate from the committee. Davis also speculated that Republicans may not prioritize advancing the bill proposed by the Democratic Party.
However, with new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and upcoming legislation in the Senate, the Legislature is preparing for a deeper investigation.
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