As everyone knows by now, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of state healthcare insurance exchanges subsidized by the federal government. If this decision had gone the other way, it could have had a significant impact on the percentage of insured patients currently, and in the coming years. With this decision, this key component of Obamacare seems to be a permanent part of the future financial core of healthcare reimbursement.
I was traveling when I heard the announcement. A few hours later, on CNN, I saw the news about large jumps in the value of stock for major healthcare insurance companies like Aetna, Cigna and United Healthcare. Many of these organizations were seeing increases of 15% to 40% in a single day toward the value of their shares. I began thinking about how this will impact my own company and healthcare delivery in general in the coming years.