Forbes January 19, 2020
Bruce Japsen

Health insurance companies are already reporting unprecedented growth in signing up seniors to their Medicare plans for 2020, which is bad news for certain Democrats pushing single payer versions of “Medicare for All.”

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, last week reported its best growth ever for enrollment in individual Medicare Advantage, the private coverage sold by health plans via contracts with the federal government. UnitedHealth’s UnitedHealthcare health insurance unit was the first of the big health insurers to report quarterly earnings and updated 2020 projections for what is expected to be a record year of growth for Medicare Advantage. Other insurers including the Aetna unit of CVS Health, Anthem, Cigna and Humana will be reporting their quarterly earnings...