How will Ohio vote on Issue 2 -- the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act?

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 at 5:38 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With health care being a prominent hot button issue across the country, a referendum to change drug pricing practices in Ohio will arguably be the ballot with the highest stakes this Election Day.

Ohio Issue 2, the Drug Price Standards Initiative, is on the ballot Nov. 7, 2017 as an indirect initiated state statute.

If the referendum passes, state agencies and programs will legally be allowed to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) pays for them.

Cleveland 19 News, in conjunction with WTOL in Toledo and WXIX in Cincinnati are conducting a statewide phone poll for an early gauge on which way Ohio will vote. The results will be released at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, live on Cleveland 19 News.

At the same time look for push alerts on the free Cleveland 19 News app and review the results on our website,

Cleveland 19 News will also devote significant content in newscasts and across digital platforms throughout the day to drill deeper into what Issue 2 will mean with a pass or fail to the common taxpayer.

"A similar resolution saw a close, bitter battle at the polls in California," said Cleveland 19 News Director Fred D'Ambrosi. "Both sides are already aggressively running ads in Ohio. Viewers have questions about what this referendum really means to them. We want to be the station that reads between the lines of the ads and answers those questions."

"It's a complicated issue with far reaching impact for a lot of people," said WOIO/WUAB Vice President and General Manager Erik Schrader. "Many voters don't really know what a yes vote really means for the bill, or what a no vote really brings. Regardless of the way you may lean politically, Cleveland 19 News is committed to bringing context and clarity to stories that affect our viewers."

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