I have been asked what my argument against measure 44 is. It is simply that I do not like government "negotiating" in private sector dealings. It's like Vinny "negotiating" with a baseball bat.
While in this case the "negotiating" may not be coercive in nature (even though they can condemn your property, seize your assests, audit you, fine you, or just target your industry *cough* pay day lenders *cough*) doesn't mean that this still isn't government interference.
Here is the "about us" page on the OPDP. They "negotiate" lower costs for state agencies much like companies do for their employees by purchasing in bulk as one entity. This is free market. But once you let everyone have these "negotiated" lower costs when they should be individual purchasers then you have stepped outside the market. Let supply and demand determine price not artificial demand made by government. Or maybe we should let government "negotiate" prices on LCD tv's at a bulk rate...
Actually my best argument against measure 44 (and all government drug plans) is this: WAL-MART! Can you really beat a $4 prescription?