Bob Herman Feb 6, 2017
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Insurers could get stronger after Obamacare — if they survive the transition

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Obamacare didn't kill the health insurance industry, and whatever comes after won't kill it either — as long as it can scrape through the next few years.

There's been a lot of nervous talk from insurance CEOs about how they need to know what's happening next. That's a real problem, as Republicans struggle to figure out what they're actually going to do about Obamacare. But the bigger picture looks much better.

Wall Street analysts are betting health insurers — who have mostly thrived under Obamacare despite their recent setbacks — will become even stronger under Donald Trump and Republicans, who plan to shred regulations and push more taxpayer-funded programs into private control.