Where do state lawmakers and the governor stand on Issue 2?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Despite millions of dollars in advertising from both sides, most Ohioans still have no idea what Issue 2 is all about.

The measure would mandate that Ohio pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which pays a substantially cheaper rate in most cases.

Cleveland 19, along with our sister stations in Cincinnati and Toledo, interviewed 532 registered voters from the state of Ohio last week, asking five questions.

The results are revealing, showing that voters have a wide range of opinions, and the only thing that is certain is that many people still haven't formed strong opinions.

Cleveland 19 spoke with an expert on the topic, and has been reaching out to Ohio lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

It turns out at this point, they actually don't have much to say.

From the governor's office to state lawmakers, they seem to still be deciding on the issue just like voters.

Just three months from Election Day, it may come as a surprise to you that more than 50 percent of voters in our survey are not sure how they would vote on Issue 2.

Cleveland 19 went to J.B. Silvers, a professor of health care finance at Case Western University.

"It's deceptively simple, but when you think about it, it's not clear how it would work," Silvers said.

If Issue 2 passes, Silvers says it's hard to predict how this will effect pharmaceutical drug prices for everyone, and that's part of the problem.

He says the ads you're seeing from both sides are using fear to try to sway voters.

"The fear is, particularly for the elderly, if this passes, then the rates for people getting discounts will be offset by higher rates for you. Well that's fear and I don't think it's accurate. There are many other troubles with this legislation potentially, but that's not one of them," Silvers said.

Cleveland 19 reached out to Governor John Kasich's office to see where he stands on Issue 2.

We got this statement:

"The governor and his staff are currently examining the issue."

Cleveland 19 also called the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System.

They sent this statement saying:

"We cannot comment on pending legislation, but please know the VA follows Federal laws and regulations."

We did not get a reply from several Democrat or Republican state lawmakers we reached out to.

The Ohio House Democrats say State Representative Janine Boyd (D- Cleveland Heights) held a town hall debate on Issue 2 to hear from both sides and she plans to hold more in the future.

Silvers questions whether the ballot measure would actually work or not.

"You can see this as a symbolic effort on the part of people who are concerned about drug prices to try to do something about them. No one has good answers," he said.

Silvers says he found it interesting that the survey doesn't show a big split between Republicans and Democrats.

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