The Key Obamacare Benefit Most People Ignore

The Affordable Care Act isn't just about having insurance coverage. Find out what can really save you money.

Mar 2, 2014 at 10:15AM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is leading to millions of people getting insurance coverage who previously didn't have it. Many have pointed to the profit potential that insurance companies WellPoint (NYSE:ANTM), Aetna (NYSE:AET), and other major carriers are reaping from Obamacare. But for the general public, getting coverage means more than just making smaller copays for service. It also puts insurance companies on your side in negotiating deals with Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC), Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS), and other health-care providers who routinely charge much higher amounts to patients covering their own medical bills than they receive from insurance companies like WellPoint and Aetna.

In the following video, Fool health-care analyst David Williamson and Fool director of investment planning Dan Caplinger further analyze this key advantage that Obamacare is making available to those who otherwise wouldn't have health insurance. Dan notes that in many cases, the huge savings from these managed care arrangements far exceeds the value of the health services people receive under their policies. As insurance companies become more powerful, it means hospital companies become more at risk of adverse negotiated deals. David points out that the same services can have vastly different costs even within the same city, let alone in different areas, making it even more important to have insurers of national scope fighting for you. The cost savings help insurance companies as much as they help you, and the alignment of interests there is a key part of what drives Obamacare's potential success.

Find out more about Obamacare and how it affects you
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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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