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Ohio Ballot Beat: Issue 2

Leading up to the November 7, 2017 general election, The City Club of Cleveland will be featuring conversations on Ohio ballot measures.

Issue 2  "requires state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law."

Proponents argue that the bill would save taxpayers up to $400 million; opponents disagree with the savings amount and argue it would increase prescription drug prices for those with private insurance. Despite ample advertising from both sides, a  recent independent survey showed that a majority of Ohio voters do not understand the ballot measure.

In this debate,  Dale Butland, spokesperson for Ohioans Against the Deceptive RX Issue, and  Dennis Kucinich, spokesperson for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, outline Issue 2 and its implications for Ohio voters.

This debate is moderated by WKYC Senior Health Correspondent  Monica Robins.

Jean-Marie Papoi is a digital producer for the arts & culture team at Ideastream Public Media.