Anthem Inc. has used the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand names as a powerful tool on its way to becoming the nation’s second-largest health insurer. But those Blue brands now are a hurdle for Anthem’s $54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp.
The Trump administration’s decision to suspend some Obamacare payments could help a few health insurers, but one of them isn't going to be Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., which stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars.
Many families are hard-pressed to meet soaring deductibles and have put off routine care or skipped medication to save money. The resulting health problems can be enormously costly for the medical system.