Does This Prove that Obamacare Was a Success?

New data has come out -- will it finally show Obamacare as either a success or a failure?

Jun 29, 2014 at 8:45AM

Obamacare has been the biggest headline in health care news since before the law got passed. From the disastrous rollout of health to the pitched political battles in Congress, the law has been a huge news item that everyone has wanted to know more about.

And finally, we have some insight into why the Obamacare exchanges enrolled so many people.

Simply put, a lot of people signed up -- over 8 million. More even than Obamacare bulls expected -- more even than Health and Human Services had hoped for.

And, according to the early numbers we've heard from insurers, most people (around 80%) are paying their premiums. So the vast majority of those sign-ups look likely to stick. What's more, according to a recent poll from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, about 60% of enrollees didn't previously have insurance, and according to a recent Gallup poll, those newly enrolled on the exchanges skew younger than the age distribution of the U.S. population.

But, of course, let's not forget the (truncated) official name of Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act (emphasis mine).

Did the law succeed in making insurance, well, affordable? And what part did the infamous government subsidies play? In the video below, health care analysts Michael Douglass and David Williamson share exciting data that may help answer these crucial questions.

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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."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

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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