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Break up UnitedHealth's health care monopoly!

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    Break up UnitedHealth's health care monopoly!

    Petition to the Department of Justice:
    We urge you to protect patients, workers, and market competition by breaking up UnitedHealth.

    UnitedHealth Group has rapidly become the largest health care conglomerate in the country1 — and Senator Elizabeth Warren is doing something about it.

    Earlier this month at a Senate hearing, UnitedHealth’s CEO tried to avoid answering Senator Warren’s questions about its runaway corporate growth and monopolistic practices. She pressed and forced him to answer. Warren added, “For the sake of our patients, our doctors and nurses, and the American taxpayer, it is time to break up the UnitedHealth monopoly.”2

    Senator Warren isn’t the only one pressing the health care giant. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently launched an antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth.3 One giant corporation should not have so much control over health insurance AND health care providers in America.

    Sign the petition: Urge the DOJ to halt UnitedHealth’s runaway corporate growth! Break up UnitedHealth’s health care monopoly!

    UnitedHealth made $22 billion in profits last year.4 And it’s trying to get even bigger, no matter what that means for actual care and costs for patients.

    The DOJ investigation comes as UnitedHealth is rapidly buying up doctors’ practices and outpatient surgery centers.5 The corporation is trying to get bigger and bigger and gain more control over the costs of health insurance and care, which will make executives richer, jack up the cost of getting care, and sacrifice patient care. It’s a clear example of profits being prioritized over patient care.

    UnitedHealth must be held accountable and its health care monopoly must be broken up!

    Add your name: Patients over corporate profits! Stop UnitedHealth.


    1. CNBC, “How UnitedHealth Group grew bigger than the nation’s biggest banks,” May 20, 2023.
    2. Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, “At Hearing, Warren Blasts UnitedHealth CEO for Monopolistic Practices that Raise Prices, Stomp Out Competition, and Harm Patients,” May 1, 2024.
    3. Reuters, “US launches antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth, WSJ reports,” February 27, 2024.
    4. Forbes, “UnitedHealth Group Profits Hit $22 Billion In 2023,” January 12, 2024.
    5. Stat News, “UnitedHealth is on a buying spree of outpatient surgery centers,” March 11, 2024.