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Are Insurers Preparing to Quit Obamacare? Plus, 4 Must-Watch Dates for Investors

In this video, Motley Fool health-care analyst David Williamson takes a look ahead as earnings reports approach for several companies in the managed-care sector and discusses how this helps investors understand how the big insurers are dealing with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Aetna (NYSE: AET  ) CEO Mark Bertolini, who has voiced his discontent more loudly than his peers, has now said during an interview with CNBC that his company may be forced to quit Obamacare altogether if Aetna is compelled to increase its rates by double-digit numbers in order to comply. David discusses why this might be more hypothetical than reality and tells investors to keep an eye on some important dates coming up in the managed-care sector that could flesh this story out further.

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  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 11:35 AM, Kelly wrote:

    What happened to all the happy talk about how it was the law of the land and it wasn't going away and the insurance stocks involved were all wonderful? Huh? That was just a month or two ago.

  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 5:08 PM, RHO1953 wrote:

    Everything is proceeding exactly as planned. Next step will be a health care system that looks like the one in the old Soviet Union.

  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 9:44 PM, elijed23 wrote:

    Very true. This is something you really should keep your eye on. With this new health care, a lot of changes will be occurring within the next year. Keep your eyes open and be aware of what is going on in the health care industry. I also watch HMBD as well.

  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2014, at 12:58 AM, avanelle wrote:

    as an investor, i would not buy any healthcare stocks for hell is coming to this industry and by the end of next year obama will be burnt toast for this turkey is doomed. no mas bamacare or is it liercare, or commiecare, unafordablecare, jokecare, take your pick. what happened to the president, for he is as quite as a church mouse on obamacare.his last three years are not going to be fun.

  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2014, at 3:54 AM, ctyank99 wrote:

    The insurers made a deal with the devil!

  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2014, at 10:03 AM, 4mikie wrote:

    Amazing that insurance companies helped to design the program, and now they're bailing. The main reason this un-affordable act will fail is because it's lacking any PREVENTATIVE HEALTH services-other than "screenings"-that only tell you what you already have. Plus, there's no incentives for people to take better care of themselves because everything is "free" (with a HUGE cost). Scrap it, and let Certified Health Educators put a plan together, and it will lower costs and actually make people healthier!

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The Motley Fool's Healthcare Analyst, I specialize in Pharma, Biotech, and how the ACA (Obamacare) is changing the business of healthcare in America. Follow me on Twitter for breaking stock news, policy thoughts, and misc musings...

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