Issue 2, or the Drug Price Relief Act, would require Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Source: WOIO)
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
State voters will be deciding the future of Ohio Issue 2 on Nov. 7.
If Issue 2, or the Drug Price Relief Act, passes, the act would require the state and state agencies, including Ohio Medicaid, to pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does.
Now the VA negotiates prices 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies pay for prescription drugs.
This is potentially a big deal, pass or fail. And with less than three months out from the vote, here's an even bigger deal: almost no one knows much about this complicated issue. A Cleveland 19 poll released earlier this week shows fewer than half of voters know which way they'll vote, and even fewer feel like they understand the issue at all.
In fact, only six percent of the registered voters we polled say they understand the impact of Issue 2 very well. Ninety-four percent say they only somewhat understand it or know even less than that.
That means the media has a lot of work to do. We need to help educate voters on this complex issue. Over the next three months, we'll do everything we can to get you the answers you're looking for on this. Have a question about it? Send it to me or ask it on our Facebook page. We'll do our best to make sure you know what you're voting on when Nov. 7 comes.