NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Insurance-company stocks have risen on hopes that health care reform will be stillborn. The opposite ought to be happening. Reform would widen and enlarge companies' customer base, and, for the most efficient insurers, substantially higher profits.House and Senate health care bills call for the biggest changes in 40 years. Both would extend coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans while curtailing costs. They also would extend the Medicaid program for the poor and put restrictions on insurers. Republican Scott Brown's surprise victory in the Massachusetts Senate race imperils President Barack Obama's health care plan, a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.
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