3 Hidden Obamacare Benefits

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is more than just the insurance plan portal. The wide-reaching act actually started to take effect years ago and is probably already helping you in several ways -- even if you haven't signed up for an official Obamacare health plan yet.

In the video below, Fool contributor Anders Bylund explains how the act is helping him in three specific ways, even under a grandfathered old UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH  ) plan. UnitedHealth investors must hate these new consumer-friendly rules, and the insurer will have to make up for lost profits through exploding Obamacare volume.

See if these three Obamacare benefits aren't helping you already. If you've seen the act helping you in ways Anders didn't mention, feel free to share your story in the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On January 27, 2014, at 5:43 PM, g4g5t5y6u7s3 wrote:

    Obamacare makes up more than 200 of the items on this list. Please share this link with other people. Thank you:

    Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 545 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

  • Report this Comment On January 27, 2014, at 8:37 PM, borninkenyafools wrote:

    hardy har har

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 8:26 AM, Squirrel93256 wrote:

    .Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 545 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 9:18 AM, nmwander wrote:

    ObamaCare is an Insurance Scam.

    There's no actual "health care" in it.

    Much less "affordable health care".

    All the costs are hidden inside a complex government subsidy shell game.

    The end result is:

    1. The Govt assistance program to Health Insurance Companies is guaranteed profit!

    Definately...Invest in Health Insurance Cos....they're gonna be extremely profitable from what they suck out of the US Treasury!!

    2. ObamaCare creates a "Tax Farm" system.

    Used in the middle ages, by Aristocracy, to farm out the messy process of shaking down the locals for Tax Revenues. In this instance, just as the Supreme Court observed, ObamaCare creates little more than a Tax Schedule that is enforced by the HEalth Insurance Industry.

    The Health Insurance CEOs must be telling themselves, "Somebody slap me! It cant be this easy!!"

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 2:46 PM, avanelle wrote:

    over 95 pr cent on the streets of new york city were ask which they liked the best, obamacare or the affordable care act, and over 95 per cent said obamacare, so what that means is no body understands obamacare for they are the same. what we need in this country is a president with a brain and then we can go about doing the peoples business, but this idiot communist in office now is only going to screw thinbks up worse.

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 3:35 PM, PaulSell wrote:

    What it is going to do to Democrats in the Mid- Term Elections far exceeds all expectations. Now they have to small talk about everything under the sun except Barry's Legacy. Minimum Wage (2% of employed) Pot Legalization (appealing to millennials to ease their jobless economic pain), Income inequality (which has risen sharply under Barry's administration) and all to avoid the 2 elephants in the room. JOBS & Welcome to OB☭M☭C☭RE ●! The Liberals that now have to survive with that albatross hanging around their socialist necks and STILL have to convince the soft headed millennials into another suicide vote for them again. Maybe Barry & Company can chat up Pot Legalization and Income Inequality while avoiding their chances at even getting a job, just to encourage them into believing that the Dems are actually going to make their lives so much better. OB☭M☭C☭RE ● NOW has DEATH SPIRAL written all over it. I do hope the Republicans are meeting with Insurance Companies, as I write, figuring out how to defuse this Economic time bomb when they regain the Senate in 2014.

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 8:38 PM, floydhowardjr wrote:

    “Who created the entitlement state and who sustains it? Democrats! Democrats keep adding to the unemployed! By the time they are voted out only one in ten Americans will be employed! If you lose your job, your coverage, your doctor, your insurance BLAME a Democrat. Next time you go and vote...remember WHO did this to YOU! DEMOCRATS!” Democrats keep adding to the unemployed! People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million! Thanks Obama! Thanks spineless Democrats!”

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Anders Bylund is a Foolish Technology and Entertainment Specialist. Where the two markets intersect, you'll find his wheelhouse. He has been an official Fool since 2006 but a jester all his life.

Hypoallergenic. Contains six flavors not found in nature. Believes in coyotes and time as an abstract.

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