Obamacare's Latest Enrollment Numbers: Good News or Bad News?

The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, largely hinges on the success of the online health insurance marketplaces. Many of the technical problems that hindered enrollment in October appear to have been repaired. However, with only 258,497 individuals signing up for a health insurance policy in November, enrollment numbers are still far below original projections.

The open enrollment period will close at the end of March, so should investors panic if the monthly numbers reported by the Department of Health and Human Services continue to look weak? How will lackluster enrollment affect health insurers such as WellPoint  (NYSE: WLP  ) , and over what time horizon should investors be looking? Analysts Michael Olsen and Max Macaluso discuss these important topics in the following video.

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  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2013, at 4:50 PM, cbchef2003 wrote:

    It is mildly amusing that even the most seasoned of Democratic incumbents are backing away from this so called "law of the land", realizing their reelection is null and void were they to stay the course of "forward, and change". It is even MORE amusing, that for EVERY story line that discounts the ACA, ten more suddenly surface reminding the sheep that this is in their best interest. I laugh aloud as they keep telling America how successful this train wreck is, Stevie Wonder himself, could SEE the holes in this story. ( No disrespect to the VERY talented, Mr. Stevie Wonder )

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