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State of California November 8, 2005 Election
Proposition 78
Discounts on Prescription Drugs
State of California

Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,137,858 / 41.5% Yes votes ...... 4,421,298 / 58.5% No votes

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Results as of Nov 23 4:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17726/17726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the state adopt a new state drug discount program to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for Californians at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Establishes discount prescription drug program for certain low- and moderate-income Californians. Authorizes Department of Health Services to contract with participating pharmacies for discounts and with participating drug manufacturers for rebates.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
State costs for administration and outreach in the millions to low tens of millions of dollars annually. State costs for advance funding for rebates. Unknown potentially significant savings for state and county health programs.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
A new state drug discount program would be created to reduce the costs that certain residents of the state, including persons in families with an income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, would pay for prescription drugs purchased at pharmacies.

A NO vote on this measure means:
The state would not expand its drug discount program beyond an existing state program that assists elderly and disabled persons on Medicare.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 78:
Proposition 78 provides that millions of seniors and low income, uninsured Californians can buy prescription drugs at discounts of 40%. Adapted from a successful program operating in Ohio, Prop. 78 can take effect immediately without a big government bureaucracy. Seniors, taxpayers, nurses, doctors, and patient advocates say Yes on Proposition 78.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 78:
SPONSORED BY THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COMPANIES, Prop. 78 is a SMOKESCREEN to stop Prop. 79, a real, enforceable plan backed by consumer groups. Under the "voluntary" Prop. 78, drug companies don't have to provide a single discount, and the plan can END AT ANY TIME. VOTE NO on Prop. 78.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 78:
Californians for Affordable Prescriptions
1415 L Street, Suite 1250
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 78:
Anthony Wright
Health Access California
414 13th Street, Suite 450
Oakland, CA 94612
510) 873-8787

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