Earlier this year, a $20.4 billion dollar contract for health insurance for military personnel was awarded to a subsidiary of United Healthcare Group. This decision was made despite the fact that TriWest had been the provider for more than 16 years and United Healthcare Group had "no experience providing military healthcare."
Moreover, TriWest would have charged the government less for services than United Healthcare Group will charge. And keeping TriWest would also have saved taxpayers the hundreds of millions of dollars in changeover costs that are sure to follow.
So why the shift? Some are wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that United Healthcare Group had agreed to uphold Obamacare within its policies for one year whether the Supreme Court did or not.
No one knows if that's the reason, but it seems like a question worth asking.