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Get in on These Healthcare Stocks Now Before Key Obamacare Ruling in June

The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on a crucial Obamacare case in June. This is highlighting a profit opportunity: a quick and dirty play on healthcare stocks.

Today (Wednesday), the high court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The ruling could deliver a deathblow to President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.

But it's also providing investors with a chance to play healthcare stocks for short-term gains...

Healthcare

Double-Digit Healthcare Profits in 2015

In a conversation we had last July, I suggested that despite negative accounts in the mainstream media, healthcare spending was set to rise.

At the time, the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act made it sound like investing in this area would be dead money for the foreseeable future.

Not to boast (well, maybe a little), but it turns out that I underestimated the strength of this sector...

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Today's Top Financial News: Healthcare Deals

Healthcare deals dominated the top financial news headlines Monday.

Healthcare was the most targeted sector in deal making last year. It reached its highest annual volume on record as early as Dec. 1 with $437.1 billion in deals.

And 2015 has started with a flurry of activity. Indeed, three of the four healthcare deals announced Monday were for $1 billion or more.

Here's a look at the sector's deal making that topped today's financial news headlines...

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Six Pharmaceutical Stocks That Outperformed the Rest in 2014

Pharmaceutical stocks soar when their companies receive FDA approval. The key to investing in the pharmaceutical sector is research: you've got to know when, how and if the company you like will profit.

That's why we've compiled a list of the leading pharmaceutical stocks around.

Have a look at these drug companies yielding impressive gains while they treat diseases...

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More than an "Ebola Stock" – This Medical Leader Is a Long-Term Profit Machine

For weeks, investors have been chasing one "Ebola stock" after another, hoping to find the company with a cure for the disease.

But these investors are going about it all wrong. Instead of finding sound investments, they're just chasing headlines.

Now, Money Morning experts have found a long-term profit play that’s also benefitting from the short-term Ebola news…

Healthcare

You Can Profit from These Hot Healthcare Stocks – the Biggest Obamacare Winners

While just about all healthcare stocks seem to be getting a boost from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, one subgroup – the health insurers – figures to get an outsized benefit from the healthcare law.

For weeks the Big Five health insurance stocks have been trading at their all-time highs – every one of them.

But how can investors be sure Obamacare will keep these hot healthcare stocks flourishing?

Well, because the health insurance industry planned it that way…

Obamacare

5 New Obamacare Facts You Need to Know

Keeping you up to date on the latest Obamacare facts – Today (Tuesday) marks the beginning of the much-anticipated Obamacare open enrollment for the new marketplaces – which hasn't gone smoothly.

The federal government operates these marketplaces, or exchanges, across 36 states, and the Obama administration anticipates seven million people will apply for coverage across the six-month open-enrollment period.

The exchange rollout comes as a wash of just-released polls on Obamacare shows the public hasn't embraced our country's new healthcare law.

That's why U.S. President Barack Obama has ramped up speeches and interviews this week addressing Obamacare facts and issues, along with party leaders across the country.

And he has plenty to address…

Read more...

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How Obamacare Will Affect Medicare

We've talked about how Obamacare will affect our regular health insurers and routine doctor visits, but how about how Obamacare will affect Medicare?

We've all known for a while that the future of Medicare, the program than provides health insurance to seniors, is in dire straits. What we're just finding out is that Obamacare is making it worse.

The White House's decision earlier this month to postpone part of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform (the employer mandate that will fine businesses that don't offer employees insurance) underscores how flawed the bill is and how unprepared we are for its full roll-out.

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Is Obamacare Creating a Part-Time America?

America has become a part-time nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that in June part-time employees in the labor force reached an all-time high of 28 million, 3 million more than when the recession began in 2007.

The economy lost 240,000 full-time jobs in June and added 360,000 part-time jobs, the BLS noted. Of the 753,000 jobs created this year, 589,000 were part time.

The real unemployment rate in June, the U6, stood at 14.3%, up from 13.8%, a figure that includes part-time workers seeking full-time jobs and those who have become discouraged and are no longer looking for work.

Now many economists and many in the financial press with sympathies to the administration have attributed the rise in part-time America to uncertainty among employers about future profitability and growth and not to the looming Obamacare mandate.

It's ironic that in trying to play down Obamacare's influence on the job market, they end up dissing the president's stewardship of the economy.

However, Obamacare has likely played a significant role in the part-time job wave. Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance to all full-time employees, those working 30 or more hours per week.

So if your workers don't work 30 hours per week you don't have to provide health insurance. It makes economic sense to have a part-time work force in many cases. Even with the administration's recent one-year extension of implementing the employer mandate until 2015, most small companies are still preparing to it.

A reported 74% of small businesses are positioning themselves to slash hours, layoff workers or both.

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