When the current U.S. political bun fight is over, public and private hospitals are expected to enjoy an estimated $134-billion (U.S.) increase in revenue over the next 10 years. This is good news for the five major publicly traded U.S. hospital stocks.
The money will come courtesy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, which was passed into law in 2010. One aspect of the plan – online insurance exchanges where individuals and small groups can compare and purchase coverage plans – is now open for enrolment, with coverage beginning in January, 2014. The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that 14 million Americans will receive health care insurance as a result of the plan.