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Top U.S. Health Insurer to Look at Trump Obamacare Alternatives

  • UnitedHealth says has experience in short-term health plans
  • Company raises 2017 earnings forecast as medical costs fall
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UnitedHealth Group Inc., the U.S.’s biggest health insurer, said it’s excited about the the chance to sell health plans President Donald Trump is promoting as alternatives to Obamacare.

Last week, Trump signed an executive order promoting short-term health insurance plans, “association health plans” for business owners who could band together, and tax-advantaged savings accounts that could be used to pay for health services. The order -- which Trump has acknowledged as a move to effectively dismantle Obamacare -- rattled some health insurance and hospital stocks last week.