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David Wichmann, in a screen capture from a C-SPAN task force meeting video. David Wichmann, UnitedHealth’s CEO, appears here in a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting held March 10, as COVID-19 deaths were starting to spike. (Credit: C-SPAN)

UnitedHealth Group did as well in the third quarter as its managers wanted it to do, and the health insurance giant’s results may be a rough indicator of how health care providers and the U.S. job market are doing.

The third quarter ran from July 1 through Sept. 30 — after the end of the first big wave of COVID-19 deaths, while major U.S. pandemic response subsidy programs were still in effect, and before the effects of the summer COVID-19 wave were clear.

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