The Dangerous Impact of Defunding Obamacare

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In this video, health-care analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso discuss the potential fallout if Congress successfully defunds the Affordable Care Act. It may come as a surprise that this potentially dangerous plan won't stop the law's implementation or help out businesses facing Obamacare's higher taxes.

What removing funding will do is negatively affect insurance companies such as Aetna and WellPoint that are counting on Medicaid expansion, subsidies, and the start of the state-based insurance exchanges. Regardless of whether Obamacare is funded, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate for pre-existing conditions, but if their access to a large, healthy pool of applicants is cut off, it could spell trouble. 

However, insurers aren't the only stocks at risk. Watch and find out how your portfolio could be affected by what happens in Washington.

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  • Report this Comment On September 24, 2013, at 6:51 PM, TRILLIBRO wrote:

    I have over thirty years in the healthcare industry, and I've seen the negative impact the Govt. rules from both state, and Federal levels have had on the industry. It always ends up exponentially more expensive than they project, and its causing a huge number of physicians to opt out of taking any new medicare patients. Its going to be tough on the baby boomers. If the politians had a bit of the brillance that many of the CEO's covered by Motley Fools have, it would have a chance to succeed, but they don't!

  • Report this Comment On September 25, 2013, at 1:27 AM, terriern wrote:

    More propaganda. We know that obamacare is nothing more than a tool that will remove the wealth and power from the private sector and also bankrupt the country.

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