Anthem defends merger in full-page Washington Post ad

Indianapolis-based Anthem called out the U.S. Department of Justice in a full-page ad published in The Washington Post Tuesday, defending its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna.

Anthem President and CEO Joseph Swedish wrote in bold print the "transaction may have lost the battle of a flawed federal regulatory review, but Anthem is fully committed to winning the war to expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for consumers."

The ad was printed at the end of the newspaper's A-section and appeared under the heading "The Anthem-Cigna combination is good for consumers and should be allowed to proceed."

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