For a thorough conversation on Ohio State Issue 2, readers cannot go wrong by listening to this WVXU podcast of Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson that aired on October 18, 2017.

Issue 2: Breaking Down Ohio’s Prescription Drug Initiative

This November Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, which would require state agencies to pay no more than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for prescription drugs.

Proponents of Issue 2 say it’s a pushback against high drug company prices and claim the law will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Issue 2 opponents point out that, if passed, the law would not reduce drug prices for the 7 million Ohioans who have private health insurance, and could possibly increase pricing for many state residents.

Joining us to analyze Issue 2 are Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson.

This November Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, which would require state agencies to pay no more than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for prescription drugs.

Proponents of Issue 2 say it’s a pushback against high drug company prices and claim the law will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Issue 2 opponents point out that, if passed, the law would not reduce drug prices for the 7 million Ohioans who have private health insurance, and could possibly increase pricing for many state residents.

Joining us to analyze Issue 2 are

This November Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, which would require state agencies to pay no more than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for prescription drugs.

Proponents of Issue 2 say it’s a pushback against high drug company prices and claim the law will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Issue 2 opponents point out that, if passed, the law would not reduce drug prices for the 7 million Ohioans who have private health insurance, and could possibly increase pricing for many state residents.

Joining us to analyze Issue 2 are Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson.

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For more information you can visit the official websites of those for and against the ballot initiative


ISSUE 2: THE DECEPTIVE RX BALLOT ISSUE

“Vote ‘Yes’ on state Issue 2 to force Big Pharma’s hand”


Issue 2 Official Ballot Language for Ohio November 2017


Issue 2

TITLE

Proposed Law

Proposed by Initiative Petition

To enact Chapter 194 of the Ohio Revised Code

A majority yes vote is necessary for the law to pass.

To enact Chapter 194 of the Ohio Revised Code, which would:

  • Require the State of Ohio, including its state departments, agencies and entities, to not pay more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Establish that the individual petitioners responsible for proposing the law have a direct and personal stake in defending the law; require the State to pay petitioners’ reasonable attorney fees and other expenses; require the petitioners to pay $10,000 to the State if the law is held by a court to be unenforcable and limit the petitioners’ personal liability to that amount; and require the Attorney General to defend the law if challenged in court.

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