Nervous Dems pushing for ObamaCare to kick in before midterms

Under the Democratic wish-list, senior citizens would receive discounts on brand-name drugs next year. Small businesses that provide insurance would see tax credits. And a $5 billion high-risk pool would cover people with preexisting conditions…

“I can understand their desire to have some fig leaf to protect them against understandable voter concern about the fact that insurance premiums are going to go up. You are taking half-trillion dollars from Medicare and you are going to raise taxes on middle class families,” Cornyn said. “Those are unpopular positions, so I can understand their desire to front-load and show something for it.”…

The survey found voters are unaware that the major components — $450 billion in subsidies to purchase coverage and a menu of insurance market reforms — wouldn’t kick in for four years. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they expected people to begin receiving financial assistance to buy coverage this year or next. Fifty-one percent said they expected insurers to begin accepting customers regardless of preexisting conditions this year or next.