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In last week’s Private Briefing report Our Experts Show You the Stocks to Pick in a ‘Stock-Picker’s Market’,” Money Map Press Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald identified SanDisk Corp.(NasdaqGS: SNDK) as one of three stocks to buy in the face of the stock market sell-off.

And now we see why…

  • Obamacare

  • Why Workers Are Getting Squeezed by Obamacare Medical healthcare costs small Obamacare stipulates that large employers don't have to provide health insurance to those working fewer than 30 hours a week.

    As a result, critics say, employers have increasingly cut worker hours to stay within the limit.

    Fox Business' Stuart Varney noted Monday the latest jobs report showed 278,000 people were pushed involuntarily into part-time work when they wanted full-time work.

    "In large part, that's because Obamacare's coming down the pike," Varney said.

    The squeeze isn't happening only in the United States.

    In Japan, employers have been limiting workers' hours to avoid paying health insurance for them for decades, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said on Fox Business' "Varney & Co."

    Check out this video to hear Keith's take on the Obamacare provision and how it will affect American employees.

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  • Healthcare Stocks Start to Feel Pinch from Obamacare Law Medical healthcare costs small

    When the Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare law last year, many pundits set about predicting the winners and losers among healthcare stocks.

    Now that full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is less than a year away, it's starting to look like the law will produce mostly losers.

    Fallout from Obamacare has had a negative impact on the first-quarter earnings of many healthcare companies, a bad sign with so much time left before the law hits full force.

    So far, we've seen disappointing reports from healthcare stocks in areas as diverse as medical testing, hospitals, insurers, and medical device makers.

    "It's still early in the reporting season, but so far, it all points to softness," David Heupel, senior healthcare analyst at Thrivent Investment Management, told Reuters.

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  • Obamacare's War on Full-Time Jobs Will Sucker Punch Economy Colorful pills isolated

    Obamacare's rules regarding hours worked and employer-sponsored healthcare coverage have entire industries looking at cutting down on their number of full-time employees in favor of more part-time employees.

    Large industries affected include hotels, restaurants and retailers, as well as small businesses of all stripes.

    In essence, the hefty financial burden imposed by Obamacare for having too many full-time employees is creating a huge incentive for many employers to cut workers' hours, or, in some cases, avoid hiring altogether.

    Tens of millions of American workers are at risk of being denied employer-sponsored health insurance as a result, and will end up with less pay to boot.

    It could be a disaster for the still-lagging U.S. economy.

    "If you want to have reduced work, lower wages and economic stagnation, this is a great way to do it," Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told FOX News.

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  • How Obamacare Navigators Will Waste Your Time and Tax Money Medical doctor female

    The insurance exchanges mandated by the 2009 health care law will be so utterly baffling that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now needs to hire of tens of thousands of "Obamacare navigators" - at a cost to taxpayers of $9 billion or more every year.

    Anyone who uses the new exchanges will quickly find out why Obamacare navigators were deemed necessary. 

    The draft application form for an individual is already up to 15 pages, while the form for a family is at 21 pages. And the instruction book is 61 pages.

    "It's a lot of information that consumers are going to have to provide, and that could deter people from signing up," Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes.com, told MarketWatch. "That could be an issue for some people who don't like paperwork. And who likes paperwork?"

    The government estimates the form will take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to complete, but that doesn't count all the information and document-gathering an applicant will need to do before even walking in the door of an exchange.

    "If you like IRS forms, you're going to love this one," Ken Hoagland, chairman of conservative advocacy group Restore America's Voice, told MarketWatch. "These are the kinds of things that are going to drive people crazy."

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  • Just How Big Will Your "Obamacare Surprise" Be?…Wait Until You See This Chart obamacare_chart_20130321

    When touting his signature healthcare reform law, the "Affordable Care Act," President Barack Obama promised it would "cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year."

    But a new congressional study says Obamacare has, in fact, increased the average family premium by $3,000 - and that's before the most costly requirements of the law take effect next year.

    "Higher healthcare premiums are the last thing single young adults and working families can afford," the report stated. "Yet contrary to what the president promised, that is exactly what Obamacare is projected to do."

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  • The Real Cost of Obamacare Medical doctor female

    Like it or not, in less than a year - January 2014 - the core of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform goes into effect - and recent data show the cost of Obamacare will be quite high.

    The statistics are startling, seeing as the intent of Obamacare was to reduce overall medical costs in the country - one big reason government spending is running wild - by improving access to treatment for Americans. An additional 30 million Americans are expected to be covered under Obamacare.

    But new reports estimate the new healthcare system could cost about $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

    That means the original outcome - which President Obama said would be to "cut the cost of a typical family's premium by up to $2,500 a year" - is far from reality.

    Here's a breakdown of what Obamacare will really cost you - and your job could be included.

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  • The 7 Biggest Obamacare Lies Medical healthcare costs small

    As more of the 2009 healthcare reform law becomes reality, Americans are learning the hard way that many of the biggest Obamacare promises were Obamacare lies.

    In retailing, they call this sort of thing "bait-and-switch," and it's against the law.

    In Washington, it's called "business as usual."

    During his first campaign for the highest elected office in the land, and later as he sought to push the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama made a lot of enticing promises.

    Some of these claims were true - under Obamacare, people can't be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions, for example - but many were assurances to the average American that no matter what, healthcare reform was almost all positive with few or no negatives.

    Now we know that most of those assurances were Obamacare lies.

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  • Romneycare vs. Obamacare: Insurance Companies Win Either Way Insurance companies would love to see a Mitt Romney victory in November that would result in the arrival of "Romneycare."

    But they'd be equally happy if President Barack Obama is re-elected and his Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

    In short, the insurance companies will profit either way and are planning accordingly.

    But how is this possible?

    By extending insurance to millions of people previously without coverage Obamacare will provide insurance companies with millions of new customers, a development that clearly will boost their bottom lines.

    Romney has promised to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with his own "Romneycare," but don't mistake this new version for the comprehensive reform plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts in 2006.

    Romney says his new plan would free up the healthcare markets to increase competition and drive down costs.

    But this new incarnation of Romneycare -- perhaps more accurately described as Romneycare 2.0 -- is unlikely to contain healthcare costs and almost certainly will deliver fatter profits to private insurance companies.

    "Under [Obamacare] reform, you get market expansion, and that's a good thing" for health companies, Dan Mendelson, the chief executive of Avalere Health, a consultancy told The Wall Street Journal.

    "Under Romney, it's going to be like managed-care city," he said.

    One thing is clear, however -- neither Obamacare nor Romneycare can stop Americans from getting older and swelling the rolls of government medical plans.

    And that will spell huge profits for the companies who manage government programs.

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  • Ryancare vs. Obamacare: The Future of Medicare is at Stake When Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential nominee, the Medicare battle jumped to the front and center of election 2012.

    First introduced in 2010, "The Ryan Budget" is a bold plan that attempts to reduce the deficit by drastically cutting spending-which some claim will "cripple" Medicare.

    So what is the truth?....

    Ryancare vs Obamacare

    Though the plans differ in ideology, Obamacare and Ryancare actually have some similarities.

    In Ryan's plan, new enrollees after 2022 would have to choose between a private insurance plan and Medicare, making Medicare the "public option" that was so opposed in Obamacare.

    Ryan's plan gives Medicare enrollees vouchers to choose from competing private insurance plans offered on a Medicare exchange. These exchanges closely resemble the exchanges in Obamacare that some Republican governors have refused to participate in.

    And both plans basically "cut" the program by over $700 billion and set a growth cap on Medicare spending at GDP levels plus 0.5%.

    The difference in the plans is how these cuts are made and why.

    As Ezra Klein of the Washington Post says, "Democrats believe the best way to reform Medicare is to leave the program intact but vastly strengthen its ability to pay for quality. Republicans believe the best way to reform Medicare is to fracture the system between private plans and traditional Medicare and let competition do its work."

    The only problem is that neither of these plans may do enough to fix Medicare.

    The biggest misconception with Ryan's plan is that current senior citizens will be faced with outrageous healthcare costs.

    That is simply not true.

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  • Warning: Hidden Obamacare Taxes Will Cost You More Than You Think The bill for Obamacare is on its way, and guess what? It's addressed to you.

    You see, all those great benefits included in the Affordable Care Act don't come cheap, which is why the new healthcare law includes a barrage of new "Obamacare taxes."

    And don't believe for a second the new Obamacare taxes will hit only the "rich" or those making over $250,000.

    Some do, but you'd be surprised at how many of these new taxes also hit the middle class.

    Worse still, many of these new measures are disguised as taxes on businesses. The bulk of these "stealth taxes" will be transferred to consumers via higher prices for drugs and health insurance.

    "The legislation imposes more than $569 billion in new or increased taxes, the vast majority of which will fall on businesses," writes Michael Tanner in a 2011 Cato Institute report on the impact of the healthcare law. "Many of those taxes, especially those on hospitals, insurers, and medical device manufacturers, will ultimately be passed on through higher health costs."

    Even still, few realize just how many new taxes lurk within the law's 2,500-plus pages because most of the talk about the Affordable Care Act focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

    Of course, according to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, even that turned out to be a tax.

    Obamacare Taxes You'll Pay Directly

    In addition to the hidden Obamacare taxes, which we'll get to shortly, the law reaches directly into your pocket in several ways:

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  • The Real Impact of Obamacare Taxes The Affordable Care Act is going to cost everyone thanks to a slew of Obamacare taxes.

    The Affordable Care Act is primarily aimed at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. Those who think the law won't change much about their healthcare or finances don't realize they'll likely be paying for it.

    That's why Republicans are focused on striking down Obamacare should they nab a presidential victory in Election 2012. They claim that the taxes involved to pay for Obamacare will crush the middle class and most U.S. taxpayers, as well as trigger job losses in affected industries.

    Republicans also harp on the fact that President Obama said he would not raise taxes.

    "This bill was built with smoke and mirrors to hide the impact of the trillions of dollars of new entitlement spending," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI, said in a statement last Tuesday.

    Here's a glimpse at what those Obamacare taxes will do to the country.

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  • Healthcare Reform Could Radically Change Your Benefit Plan Both before and after Congress passed healthcare reform, Americans with employee health benefits were assured the legislation would not disrupt their coverage.

    U.S. President Barack Obama has often repeated that pledge, which includes anyone who has health insurance.

    "If you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance," the president said following the Supreme Court decision on June 28 that upheld Obamacare. "This law will only make it more secure and more affordable."

    Of course, Republicans claims on Obamacare take the opposite extreme.

    "Frankly, the people who have healthcare in this country and like it will not be able to keep what they have," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA, the same day.

    While something of an exaggeration, Cantor may be closer to the real-life impact of the Affordable Care Act than the president, particularly when it comes to employee-sponsored health benefits.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates 154 million Americans - 72% of the non-elderly population - have health insurance through their employer.

    While nothing in Obamacare explicitly forces employers to drop coverage, the healthcare reform law does introduce new rules and requirements. Those provisions will affect how employers offer health insurance, what plans they offer and if they offer any at all.

    Business owners, for their part, are still making up their minds as to how they'll deal with the changes healthcare reform will bring (unless, of course, the Republicans sweep in November and repeal it).

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  • Healthcare Stocks: Second Quarter Earnings a Bitter Pill to Swallow Healthcare stocks have been a hot topic since the Obamacare ruling marked a historic turning point for the industry - but so far companies' earnings have failed to keep the excitement going.

    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was the first of the big healthcare stocks to release earnings, and the health care giant was in need of one of its trademark B and-A ids when it reported second- quarter net income fell by half.

    With others in the sector set to report in the coming days, the mainstream numbers look weak.

    J&J, dealing with tough market conditions, continuing manufacturing problems and other issues, lowered its profit forecast for the year. Second- quarter net income suffered due to a spate of litigation and acquisition- related charges.

    The New Brunswick, N J - based company's r evenue slid by 0.7% on lower sales in the United States and lagging sales for consumer health products worldwide.

    While results beat analysts' expectations for adjusted profit by a penny, they missed revenue forecasts by nearly $250 million.

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  • 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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  • How the New Healthcare Tax Affects You The Supreme Court recently upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, sparking concern in the United States about the future of healthcare tax.

    Even though some people argue the healthcare law is not a tax but instead a penalty, right now it's been ruled the former - and has become one of the key issues in Election 2012.

    In a July 12 poll by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, 55% of American voters said ACA is a tax hike. But it doesn't necessarily mean they are against it.

    Interestingly, 48% agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the law, while 49% believe that the U.S. Congress should repeal it.

    In addition, 55% of American voters said a presidential candidate's position on health care is "extremely important" or "very important" to their November vote. Those who think Obamacare breaks the president's promise of not raising taxes could be lured to a GOP presidential vote.

    Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release, "President Barack Obama has worked mightily to avoid the 'T' word, but most American voters say the ACA is in effect a tax hike. The big question is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president's Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That's why what voters believe on this issue matters."

    Whether it is a tax or a penalty, either way people are going to have to pay.

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