Like a virus, word quickly spread that the Obamacare employer mandate would be delayed by one year. This development signaled that the heavy-handed government overhaul of the nation's health-care system is still not a done deal.
Almost immediately after the news broke, Brad Dayspring, a Republican strategist, tweeted he was "absolutely thrilled," and Republican lawmakers lost no time in calling for President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative to be repealed.
The news is yet another blow to the planned overhaul of the U.S. health-care system, which some Republicans have dubbed an impending train wreck. With this latest misstep in their quiver, they promise to make repealing it a major issue in the mid-term elections next year.
So, what's the prognosis for health-care stocks?