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Here in California, we can vote for a number of state propositions that can only be overturned by a court or a later state proposition. It's fairly permanent, which is why most state propositions have a built-in expiration date.
One of the most controversial bills is Prop 61, which would require that state Medicaid purchase drugs from at national Medicaid prices (42% of market) instead of their current rate (51%). The major concern is that drug companies will raise prices in retaliation, costing people a lot of money.
Pharmaceutical companies have funneled almost $100 million into defeating this, which makes me naturally suspicious, but it's also opposed by the NAACP and dozens of unions, medical associations, and veterans groups. Supporting it is Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the California Nurses Association, and the majority of county Democratic groups.
Basically, no one knows how much this will cost. My current line of thinking goes that pharmaceutical companies could raise prices anyway if they wanted and that if they're fighting it this much it must be bad for them. All the groups opposing it are certainly giving me pause though. Thoughts, anyone?