Anthem says it is giving up on the $48 billion purchase in the wake of a Thursday court ruling giving Cigna the right to walk away. The Indianapolis-based insurer says Cigna is not entitled to collect a $1.85 billion breakup fee.
Health insurers are asking for sharp increases in the cost of their Obamacare plans next year. In the first states to make the latest rates public, premiums for Affordable Care Act plans will rise more than 20 percent on average.
Judge Travis Laster said during a hearing Monday that it’s a “long shot” that Anthem can find a path to success after two federal courts found the $48 billion merger was crippled by antitrust problems.
The decision is a likely final blow to Indianapolis-based Anthem’s bid to complete the $48 billion merger, which a lower-court judge had said should be stopped because it risked undermining competition in health-insurance markets.
Health insurer Anthem Inc. threatened to raise rates for its Obamacare plans next year if the U.S. government stops funding subsidies for lower-income customers. The insurer is also considering exiting some Affordable Care Act markets altogether.