AMCNO Past President Dr. Robert Hobbs Attends City Club Forum on Issue 2

The City Club of Cleveland hosted a forum on the Ohio ballot measure Issue 2, which would require 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.

AMCNO Past President Dr. Robert Hobbs and staff attended the forum. Dale Butland, spokesperson for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Issue, and Dennis Kucinich, spokesperson for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, debated Issue 2 and its implications for Ohio voters. Monica Robins, Senior Health Correspondent for WKYC, moderated the session.

In June, the AMCNO board of directors voted to join the Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue, a broad-based coalition of Ohio organizations and associations that opposes Issue 2. The AMCNO had evaluated the independent reviews of this measure and concluded that despite the claims of its supporters, this initiative would likely increase—not lower—state prescription drug costs.

Healthcare policy experts, including three former Medicaid Directors, studied the proposal and determined that this initiative would, in fact, increase the costs of prescription drugs for many Ohioans and could potentially reduce patient access to medications.

The AMCNO is deeply concerned about the affordability of prescription drugs, and we want patients to have access to the treatments they need. The AMCNO also supports reform to protect consumers and lower drug costs, but this ballot measure is not the right solution and could result in negative consequences for the very patients it seeks to help.

To learn more about the Vote No on 2 coalition and campaign, click here. To see photos from the forum, click here.

The Pollen Line is now closed. See you in the spring!

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