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Obamacare and the Patent Cliff Reshaping an Industry

This episode of The Motley Fool's Market Checkup is dedicated to the massive increase in biotech IPOs, what's driving the recent spate of major mergers and acquisitions, whether the outperformance of the biotech sector is sustainable, and why potential biotech investors need to think big.

The amount of M&A activity has jumped in the health-care space. Last year, pharma saw a 9% increase in merger and acquisition spending to $27 billion as the two biggest drivers of health-care upheaval, the patent cliff, and the Affordable Care Act make their weight felt.

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson discusses in detail the impact the patent cliff has on pharma buyouts and Obamacare has on hospital mergers, along with how increased investor interest in health-care stocks could force this M&A trend to come to an end.

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  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 6:31 PM, Goldenboys wrote:

    Most Liberals defend the healthcare Holocaust known as Obamacare by pointing out that we had 30 Million uninsured people in the US before Obamacare. And of course we need Obamacare to fix that problem, right? They fail to acknowledge that 1/3 of all those people were in families making $75K+/year and could afford to buy coverage AND 1/3 of those people were entitled to one or more Govt health programs but had never applied. Now the GAO announces within the last 2 weeks that AFTER Obamacare is implemented, 30 Million Americans will still be without healthcare...You can't make this up!

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 6:34 PM, roger142 wrote:

    One of the reasons I think Obamacare is going to work is all the for profit hospitals being bought up. This will increase competition and possibly keep health care prices down.

    As for non profit hospitals, right now they are the ones keeping health care cost high. Non profits tend to charge the uninsured 5 to 10 times more than they would an insurance company, and then they get government grants based on their inflated cost for treating the uninsured.

    Where as for profit hospitals would rather charge people more realistic prices in order to keep revenue coming in, instead of taking a write off.

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 10:28 PM, slanciano wrote:

    Ever wonder what's really in store for you involving Obozocare ?

    Bring up this Youtube portal page and type in the following search criteria:

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill

    Click search - then click on one video icons on the left margin

    This is video reading of the law word for word. No propaganda just the facts.

    This ends today's lesson

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2013, at 6:29 AM, tishlover wrote:

    "Obamacare may fail at reducing insurance premiums, or at wisely using taxpayer funds. But the law is scheduled to spend $1.9 trillion over the next ten years. At that, it is unlikely to fail.

    A significant amount of that money may not go to the people for whom it’s intended. It may not have the benefits on health outcomes that the law’s most zealous supporters insist it will. But barring substantial Congressional action, that $1.9 trillion will still get spent, along with trillions more thereafter. Only new laws, not wishful thinking, will change that."............sad~

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