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UnitedHealth CEO slams ‘Medicare for All’ proposals

UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann
UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann
From Bloomberg: “The U.S.’s biggest health insurer sharply criticized the ‘Medicare for All’ proposals being debated by Democrats, wading into a heated Washington political debate that’s likely to dominate the 2020 presidential race and the conversation about the future of private health plans in America. … On Tuesday, UnitedHealth Group’s chief executive officer said such proposals would amount to a ‘wholesale disruption of American health care.’”

Says Christopher Magan in the Pioneer Press, “Should the public know if a voter’s eligibility has been challenged? How about if they’ve been convicted of a felony? Secretary of State Steve Simon doesn’t think so and he’s planning to challenge his second legal defeat on the matter. But the Minnesota Voters Alliance says that type of information and other data the state collects would help prove voter fraud is more pervasive than many think. Simon and the group have been battling over the information since 2017 and the case likely won’t be resolved soon. A state Court of Appeals panel on Monday, April 15, upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Simon to provide the information, but he’s vowed to take the matter to the state Supreme Court.”

The Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick writes: “When Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz greeted President Donald Trump on the tarmac of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport’s Air Reserve Station Monday, he had two goals … Welcome the nation’s chief executive to Minnesota, as is customary for any state’s chief executive. … Press him for federal disaster relief funds for much of the state, as the tolls from storms and flooding continues to rise.”

For the AP, Amy Forliti says, “A woman who said she was raped by founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself upon her in his vehicle after the dinner and later raped her at her apartment. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.”

In the Duluth News Tribune, Brady Slater reports, “Canadian National Railway plans to invest more than $80 million in Minnesota this year — spending it, they said, would strengthen the company’s rail network across the state. CN will replace 10 miles of rail, install 85,000 new railroad ties, rebuild 23 crossing surfaces and conduct maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure, the company said. Additionally, they will construct a new train passing siding near Glendale, Minn., and make investments in the further development of its positive train control system, which has been mandated for railroads by Congress and is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions and other derailments caused by factors such as excessive speed.”

At Bring Me the News Joe Nelson writes, “A vibrant meteor lit up the sky from North Dakota to Wisconsin [Monday] night, and Michael Stanga captured it on video around 2:30 a.m. as he looked to the northwest from Otsego, Minnesota.”

For the Energy News Network, Frank Jossi reports, “A group of Minnesota credit unions has unveiled a new loan program designed specifically to finance residential solar projects. Hiway Federal Credit Union and Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union collaborated with the Minnesota Credit Union Network to develop CU Green. The program offers homeowners discounted interest rates and a clearinghouse of online information about solar energy in Minnesota.”


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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Jeffrey Swainhart on 04/17/2019 - 06:53 am.

    “UnitedHealth CEO slams ‘Medicare for All’ proposals” So the guy who makes $17mm a year doesn’t want change. I wonder why?

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 04/17/2019 - 07:47 am.

      I loved the notion that, somehow, disruption of the healthcare system would be a bad thing. The CEO has a great future in stand-up comedy.

      • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 04/17/2019 - 10:08 am.

        My thought as well. Disruption of a broken system is a good thing. I think the change has a lot of momentum now. The question is how gradual the change will be. There are an awful lot of people pushing insurance paperwork that may be working for the government in the future. It is a big shirt in resources and I’m guessing David Wichmann can take his hundreds of millions of cream he scraped off the top of the current system and get lost because he won’t e needed anymore.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 04/17/2019 - 07:41 am.

    Even if Mr. Wichman is correct about “disruption” of what passes for a health care system in this country – a very debatable assertion – his concern is not about your health or mine. UnitedHealth is a for-profit company delivering significant returns to its investors through the premiums paid by policy-holders throughout the country. Mr. Wichman’s expressed concern over “disruption” is primarily about UnitedHealth’s profits, not to mention his own far-too-large salary.

  3. Submitted by charles thompson on 04/17/2019 - 08:46 am.

    Speaking of healthcare, there seems to be an epidemic of pearl clutching on the right these days. The status quo looks pretty healthy, for better or worse, from my point of view.

  4. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 04/17/2019 - 09:02 am.

    What the “Medicare for all” candidates fail to mention is that they as members of the ruling class do not include themselves as part of the “all” just like their exemption from Obamacare.

    And why do they want to destroy the legacy of Barack Obama by replacing Obamacare with Medicare for all (except the ruling class)?

  5. Submitted by Randi Reitan on 04/17/2019 - 10:44 am.

    The only “disruption” David Wichmann fears is his $17,389,976
    Total Compensation package. The “disruption” the average Minnesotan fears is loosing our life savings when we are faced with a serious illness like cancer. The “disruption” for many below the average wage earner is death as they can not afford healthcare at all.

  6. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 04/17/2019 - 11:00 am.

    I wondered when a major for-profit health insurer would begin to raise a screech about formal proposals having all Americans provided with affordable health care. And in conference calls with their investors over a tremendously healthy quarterly increase in the profits they extract from their “insureds.”

  7. Submitted by Pat Terry on 04/17/2019 - 11:10 am.

    If the American healthcare system wasn’t so terrible, wholesale disruption wouldn’t be part if the discussion. This guy’s company provides nothing. They profit by rationing and denying access to healthcare.

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