Issue 2 didn’t have a good night Tuesday. As precincts continued to report, Issue 2 continued to show its unpopularity. The final tally was 11,102 to 2,164 votes against the issue.
The proposed law would have, according to the ballot issue language, “require the State of Ohio, including its state departments, agencies and entities, to not pay more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Currently, the VA is given a 24 percent discount when it purchases prescription drugs for veterans. This measure would’ve applied to Ohioans on government-administered prescription plans, such as those receiving assistance through Medicaid as well as government employees. That group represents about one in three Ohioans. Those on employer-sponsored insurance would not be eligible.
Earlier in the evening, it was evident the measure didn’t have a chance to succeed. With the first round of precincts reporting, 12 percent — including absentee ballots — Issue 2 had 2,833 No votes and only 617 YES votes.