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Five Health-Care Stocks That Could Be Good for What Ails You


But make certain to have an exit strategy.

Editor's Note: Chuck LeBeau is the founder of This is his first piece for Minyanville.

With baby boomers creeping closer and closer to retirement -- and the number of uninsured Americans rising -- President Obama lobbied physicians and other health care experts at the annual American Medical Conference in Chicago earlier this week for support for his health-care reform plan.

Many are on the fence about the plan: There's some concern that excess spending could just dig the nation deeper into debt. As for Obama's supporters, they're hopeful that the proposed changes will provide health care to millions of uninsured Americans and improve the inefficiencies of the current program.

Regardless of what happens, the industry will be affected. Here are some companies to take a look at:

1. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is up 18% from a March low of $46.60, closing yesterday at $55.20.

2. Merck (MRK) is up 18% from its March low of $20.99, closing yesterday at $24.77.

3. After hitting a March low of $17.96, UnitedHealthGroup (UNH) rebounded yesterday at $24.02, a gain of 33.7%.

4. Medtronic (MDT) is up 32% from its March low of $24.93, closing yesterday at $32.93.

5. WellPoint (WLP) is up nearly 60% from its March low of $30.10, closing yesterday at $48.15.

When investing, it's vital to keep in mind the risks involved in equities and protect yourself with an exit strategy.
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