The November Ballot Issue 2 is a Prescription for Disaster

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In November 2017, Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, a flawed, deceptive ballot issue. The proposed law is a bad deal for Ohio and Ohioans. It imposes unworkable price controls on prescription drugs purchased by state government. If passed, it will lead to bureaucratic delays, lawsuits and higher costs for taxpayers. Stand up for Ohio and join doctors, nurses, patients, veterans, businesses, labor leaders, the faith community and other Ohioans to oppose this risky scheme.


Ohioans need access to affordable medications. But the so-called "Ohio Drug Price Relief Act" won't fix the problem or do what it promises—in fact, it could make things worse. Plus, the devil is always in the details, and this vague proposal contains no language or guidance whatsoever regarding how it would be implemented. Sound risky? We agree.

Here's the truth: Issue 2 is costly and unworkable. The main funder is a controversial California activist whose tax exempt billion-dollar-a-year organization makes nearly 80% of its revenue from selling prescription drugs. His “plan” could drive up health care costs and limit access to medicines for millions of Ohioans. That’s why Ohioans from all walks of life are uniting against Issue 2. 



Experienced experts agree: Issue 2 won't lower health care costs for Ohioans or save money for taxpayers. In fact, it could lead to increased costs for the majority of Ohioans, including seniors and veterans, while reducing patients’ access to needed medicines.

Hint: Issue 2 won’t lower costs….for anyone.

Higher Drug Costs. Reduced Access to Medicines.

Experts say Issue 2 would be nearly impossible to implement and will lead to more red tape and government bureaucracy. What’s more, the Issue 2's sponsors cunningly slipped in an unprecedented provision giving them a blank check to intervene at taxpayer expense in any legal challenges that may be filed.

More Lawsuits. Wasted Tax Dollars.


We are everyday Ohioans, local organizations, and associations representing doctors, nurses, patients, veterans, businesses, labor leaders and the faith community; we stand united in rejecting this misguided, deceptive initiative.

“It sounds too good to be true—because it is.”

“Veterans organizations across Ohio are against it.”

Dr. Geraldine Urse

Columbus, OH

Thomas Moe

Colonel, U.S. Airforce, RET.
Lancaster, OH


Columbus, OH

Roger Kisiel

New Albany, OH

we are voting no on issue 2 



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“It's a prescription for disaster.”

Tricia Frank

Galena, OH

Casey Paine

Pickerington, OH

“This thing will cost taxpayers millions.”

“It'll lead to more government red tape.”

“Seven million Ohioans get left out.'”

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter
    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ohio
    Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati
    The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio
    Butler County Medical Society
    Caracole, Inc.
    Equitas Health
    Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association
    Healing Hearts of Central Ohio
    Mended Hearts
    Mental Health America of Franklin County
    National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio
    National Community Pharmacists Association
    Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness
    Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
    Ohio Children’s Hospital Association
    The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers
    Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association
    Ohio Hematology Oncology Society
    Ohio Hospital Association
    Ohio Nurses Association
    Ohio Ophthalmological Society
    Ohio Osteopathic Association
    Ohio Pharmacists Association
    Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association
    Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association
    Ohio Society for Health System Pharmacists
    Ohio State Medical Association
    Prevention Action Alliance
    AMVETS Department of Ohio
    The American Legion, Department of Ohio
    Catholic War Veterans, Department of Ohio
    Concerned Veterans of America
    Department of Ohio Marine Corps League
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
    Italian American War Veterans, Ohio Post 34
    Jewish War Veterans, Department of Ohio
    Korean War Veterans Association, Department of Ohio
    Military Officers Association of America, Ohio Council of Chapters
    Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Ohio
    Ohio National Guard Enlisted Association
    Ohio National Guard Association
    Ohio State Association of County Veterans Service Commissioners
    Ohio State Association of County Veterans Service Officers
    The Retired Enlisted Association
    VFW, Department of Ohio
    Columbus Branch – NAACP
    ACT Ohio – Ohio’s Affiliated Construction Trades
    Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
    Columbus Chamber of Commerce
    Darke County Chamber of Commerce
    Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
    Employers Health Purchasing Corporation
    Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce
    Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce
    Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice
    Ohio Chamber of Commerce
    Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
    The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
    Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
    Ohio Grocers Association
    Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
    Ohio State Grange
    Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
    The Presidents’ Council – Business Chamber
    Toledo Area Small Business Association
    Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Westerville Chamber of Commerce
    Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association
    The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity
    Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio
    PERI, Public Employee Retirees, Inc.
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