With its diversified business portfolio and little involvement with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, UnitedHealth Group seems an unlikely company to have its latest earnings report eclipsed by politics.Yet that is exactly what occurred on April 16, when UnitedHealth reported that its first-quarter 2019 revenues grew 9.3% year over year to $60.3 billion and that its adjusted net earnings per share (EPS) of $3.73 grew 23% year over year. Unlike past quarters, the usual headlines acknowledging the insurer’s financial performance were replaced by ones about CEO David Wichmann’s remarks surrounding Medicare for All proposals.
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