Fast Track

Dems Seek Health Benefits for 2010

The current health-care bill has been in the works for what feels like an eternity, but Democrats are now pushing for immediate action, seeking to enact some of the plan’s benefits as soon as 2010—in time for the next election cycle. As it stands now, the majority of items in the bill would not be put into action until 2013. However, upcoming elections are poised to become a referendum on health-care reform, and Democrats are looking to give the public tangible benefits before then, including discounted brand-name drugs for senior citizens, tax credits for small business, and a tax pool covering people with pre-existing conditions.