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Obamacare and Sequestration Crush UnitedHealth

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson discusses how Obamacare and sequestration are weighing on shares of insurer UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH  ) . David breaks the managed care company's quarter into Clint Eastwood-inspired good, bad, and ugly segments, helping investors in UnitedHealth, and related stocks, to find out everything they need to know from this bellwether's earnings, and what to expect going forward.

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  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 9:49 PM, dstb wrote:

    Maybe the idiots that run this company and the rest of the health care companies should have stood up to the Obama machine back before the health care law was passed. It could have been defeated. Of course management won't lose. They"ll cash out with millions and the shareholders will take it on the chin.

  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 10:43 PM, bugmenot wrote:

    Leading Democrats are now coming out to criticize Obamacare. Apparently, even Democrats are finding out what Obama, Pelosi, and Reid wouldn't let them read. Obamacare is going to destroy US health care AND raise costs of health care. The middle class has been attacked by Obama, again!

  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 11:23 PM, Hngnthweb wrote:

    This is bad and needs to be repealed...Do your taxes on HR block you will see your penalty to Obama will be about 480 bucks for single if you do not have healthcare coverage, in 2015 it will be ~900 dollars. Double, yes I said DOUBLE Thank you HR Block for putting this in print in my return..this is the Democrats and Obama GOV illegal taxation, theft and denial of liberty without representation!!

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 12:26 AM, puddinflake wrote:

    Obama Care if anyone is on it or has anyone who has had to utilize it can summarize it in one word: genocide. Put your money in the mattress where the government can't get it, or invest it elsewhere. Just because there's checks in the book doesn't mean there's money in the bank. Printing more checks won't help. Make sure it's not your registered gun their looking for. We've got a lot of countries angry with us, hate to have them come here and not be able to defend ourselves since most of our military and young people have already been thinned out. Thanks for listening, guard your dogs and cats, may be someone's dinner tomorrow.

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 10:16 AM, jh836 wrote:

    If Obamacare takes out UnitedHealth I will be thrilled and consider it a tremendous defeat of a terrible company that has been killing us all with years of increased costs in health care insurance for nothing more than the company's profit.

    Tell me why a company that is supposed to do nothing more than pool it's policyholder's money and distribute to those who need it (what insurance companies are supposed to do) is on the Fortune 500 for it's profits?


  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 10:50 AM, Rose4Justice wrote:

    Obamacare, the Affordable Patient Act, is not so affordable, but robs from Peter to Pay Paul for the 30,000,000 non-paying illegals and legal immigrants who are opted out including SEIU union members on the backs of the US Natural Born and Naturalized American taxpayers who can be rationed and denied services even if they pay up. Read complimentary pages on why Obamacare could depopulate the US Natural Born Citizens within 10-15 years, "Obamacare, Dinosaurs, Red Necks, and Radicals" a new release at

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 4:50 PM, doco177 wrote:

    . So? Obama forces employers to offer expensive INS but allows for a cheaper fine to be paid if they dont offer it. Well THATS a no brainer. employers pay the lower cost fine, the gov't gets money and the people are screwed......again.

    2. The cost of health care premiums is about to further skyrocket. Premium costs have already exploded, but that is a slow-motion explosion. In the near future, we could see costs double or worse. Naturally, these costs will hit an already burdened middle class hardest.

    3. Have you noticed the massive increase of "part time" jobs over the last few years? Very carfully planned work hiring/scheduling. Much less "full time" jobs , and a lot of part time jobs (No ins needs be offered on part time jobs) .

    The Federal Reserve's March beige book on economic activity noted that businesses "cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff."

    Meanwhile, human resources consulting firm Adecco found that half of the small businesses it surveyed in January either plan to cut their workforce, not hire new workers, or shift to part-time or temporary help because of ObamaCare.

    4. Potential doctor shortages that will mean rationing: The healthcare industry is already a bureaucratic quagmire. ObamaCare is about to add steroids. As the profession becomes tyrannized by government, the talented people currently practicing medicine plan to get out sooner than expected. Who knows how many will choose not to get in. I know ov several people who lost their doctor's after being with them for 10-15 years. Doctors all called it "cut back in case loads"..... nurses told them "cutting back on the social security paperwork/claims/cut's in the "allowed" payments and the increased paperwork.

    Doctor shortages are what lead to the nightmare known as rationed care. Here's an unsettling example already being practiced.

    5. Somewhere around $800 billion in tax increases will hit America's middle class. This added burden will not only further oppress a middle class already reeling from a drop in wages over the last few years, but could damage the overall economy.

    6. Inflation, the cruelest tax on the poor. When businesses get socked with added costs brought about by higher taxes and burdensome government mandates, they pass those cost along to the consumer in the form of higher prices.

    7. Added bureaucracy. Even those Obama lapdogs over at the Washington Post's Wonk Blog are admitting that applying for health care is about to get more burdensome than the byzantine paperwork involved in buying a home.

    8. To cut costs or to avoid having to provide insurance, workers on the economic margins are already losing hours, which means a lower paycheck. There are a million sad stories in ObamaVille; here are just a few of them.

    9. ObamaCare is projected to add $6.2 TRILLION to a deficit the GAO has already declared "unsustainable." That's "trillion" with a "t".

    10. More taxes than currently estimated are likely to hit because of situations like this one.

    Three years ago, Obama, Democrats, and his media lied to us about cutting the cost of health care, being able to keep our insurance, and not taxing the middle class.

    Today, those lies and what ObamaCare is and will do to the working and middle class are the biggest untold story in America.

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