FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Contact: Dale Butland, 614-783-5833
STATEMENT FROM NO ON ISSUE 2 CAMPAIGN
Columbus, OH – Curt Steiner, Campaign Manager for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue, made the following statement on behalf of a coalition of more than 80 organizations that opposed Issue 2.
“Today, Ohio voters delivered a loud and clear message that Issue 2 was a deceptive and seriously flawed proposal. A large majority of Ohio voters concluded Issue 2 wouldn’t have solved any problems; it would have made things worse.
“Issue 2 was unworkable at its core. Adoption of Issue 2 would have increased bureaucracy and raised costs for Ohio Medicaid and other state agencies that provide prescription drugs to Ohioans. And passage would have led to health care cost increases for the two thirds of Ohioans who are not covered by state programs—including military veterans using VA benefits, those on Medicare and families with private or employer-based insurance.
“At least two dozen Ohio newspapers which closely examined Issue 2 recommended a no vote.
“More than 80 respected non-partisan organizations, including the state’s leading associations of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals and veterans, lined up together to oppose Issue 2.
“These trusted leaders who best understood the potential harms of Issue 2 were active and visible in our campaign, and they helped persuade their fellow Ohioans to cast a no vote on today’s ballot.
“As the saying goes, what sounds too good to be true usually is. Indeed, Issue 2 was wrong for patients and wrong for taxpayers. Issue 2 would not have lowered drug prices or saved the state money, as proponents repeatedly promised, without foundation.
“That’s why Ohio voters rejected the unsubstantiated claims made by Issue 2 sponsors and voted decisively to say No to Issue 2.”