The controversial co-founder and former CEO of life insurance giant Conseco Inc. (now CNO Financial Group Inc.) spearheaded the purchase of a small life insurance company operated out of Texas and plans to gradually build up its operations here.
The decision by Aetna is the latest blow to President Obama’s signature domestic policy law. While it has brought coverage to millions, the new markets have proven volatile for some of the largest for-profit insurers.
Anthem Inc. will go to trial against the U.S. in late November to defend its $48 billion takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp., a start date later than Anthem said it needed to potentially close the deal by an April deadline.
Investors appeared emboldened by remarks from a Justice Department lawyer Friday that the government was willing to hear settlement offers in its antitrust case involving the merger of the two insurers.
Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani faces a tough task: persuading investors and lawyers that the health insurer is committed to a $48 billion takeover by Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., while also talking up its prospects as an independent company.
CNO Financial shares dropped 2.8 percent Monday morning after declining 5.5 percent last week. The Carmel-based insurer said last week that it was scrutinizing a risk-transfer arrangement with Beechwood Re, the reinsurer linked to embattled hedge fund Platinum Partners.