Column: UnitedHealth’s profits show it’s great to be an insurer during a pandemic

Americans are protecting themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic in part by staying home and forgoing routine medical exams and other forms of non-urgent healthcare.

Yet the country’s largest commercial health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, on Wednesday reported a better-than-expected $3.2 billion in quarterly profit.

And it reaped this windfall despite offering what it called “extensive” financial assistance for some policyholders in the form of reduced rates and copays.

All of which raises…

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