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In the next 18 months, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – known informally as Obamacare – is going to completely overhaul the American healthcare system. And investors who aren't properly positioned for what's coming could miss one of the biggest profit opportunities of the decade.
"While almost everyone is hung up on the law itself and its economic sustainability," says Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon. "Smart market-watchers are already moving to invest in the individual sectors poised to profit."
According to Patalon, Obamacare will add approximately 30 million new patients into the healthcare system – and pump $900 billion into healthcare spending.
And government forecasts show that total healthcare spending will grow at an average rate of 5.7% a year, far outpacing the predicted growth grate of GDP.
Those massive increases will have a profound effect on profits and bottom lines in the private sector.
But not all healthcare stocks will profit equally – or at all.
Obamacare is bringing a complex set of new taxes and penalties with its promise of higher sales and increased revenue. Some members of the healthcare sector could lose more than they gain under the new world order.