Sooner or later, someone is going to acquire someone else in thesuper-heated health insurance sector. The question is: Who will bethe buyer, and who will be the seller?

The latest rumors, as reported yesterday in the Wall StreetJournal, have UnitedHealth acquiring Aetna.

Not long ago, the takeover rumor mill was betting on Aetnato acquire either Cigna or Humana. But that was then, this isnow.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.