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How Obamacare Has Dinged the Dow This Morning

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Dan Caplinger
April 18, 2013

Negative sentiment on Wall Street has been building throughout the week, and this morning brought unwelcome news that the much-followed Leading Economic Index pointed to a potential drop in economic growth for the first time since last August. A rise in weekly claims for unemployment benefits also added to the economic gloom, helping to send the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI) down a modest 27 points by 11 a.m. EDT. The broader market is also slightly lower, the tech-heavy Nasdaq has suffered more severe losses of 0.4%.

Yet beyond economic data, Obamacare also played a big role in the Dow's lackluster performance. Healt