There are a lot of important Obamacare facts and numbers you can't afford to ignore.
Let's start with the enormity of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare bill. To date, some 2,572 pages of regulations have been written (more are expected).
More familiar numbers tied to Obamacare include 50 - the headcount at which companies must provide insurance or pay a fine ($2,000).
Now consumers have less than one month until the next round of Obamacare regulations kick in Oct. 1, with open enrollment in the online Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly called exchanges).
When looking into the facts and full impact of Obamacare, here are 15 of the most important numbers you need to know:
Healthcare Stocks: Mergers Show How Obamacare Will Deliver Profits
Want proof that healthcare stocks are poised to reap rewards from Obamacare?
Just take a look at this recent blockbuster healthcare merger.
Giant managed care firm WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced July 9 that it would buy Amerigroup Corp. (NYSE: AGP), the country's largest private Medicaid managed care company, for $4.9 billion in cash.
The day acquisition was announced, Amerigroup stock jumped 38%.
Of course, healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are nothing unusual. But a close look at this deal sheds light on the direction of the next major trend of consolidation within the industry.
In fact, when it narrowly upheld the Affordable Care Act (informally known as Obamacare), the Supreme Court unwittingly set the table for a new wave of M&A in a downtrodden healthcare space --Medicaid.
Government-sponsored programs like Medicaid and Medicare have traditionally been viewed as ho-hum businesses with razor-thin profit margins.
So why is WellPoint jumping with both feet into a business that is typically not a big money maker?
Let's take a closer look...
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