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Kucinich Campaigns To Cap Drug Prices In Support Of Issue 2

Former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich hits the campaign trail to support drug price ballot Issue 2.
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio
Former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich hits the campaign trail to support drug price ballot Issue 2.

Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be starring in ads and on the campaign trail in support of the drug-price ballot question known as Issue 2. But his presence isn’t the only new element to the campaign.

A new bill will also be coming to specify how the predicted savings from the issue would be used if it passes.

Dennis Kucinich says the issue, which would set drug prices for state programs to the same price paid by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, would save the state $400 million dollars.

And he says Democratic state Sen. Michael Skindell will be introducing a bill that would make sure lawmakers couldn’t use those savings as a slush fund.

“When this passes, this will be going to reduce drug prices for seniors and veterans,” Kucinich said.

But passing Issue 2 will be a heavy lift since drug companies are outspending the issue’s supporters in ads. And many major groups and organizations, including veterans and health groups, are also on the “vote no” side.