Aetna and Humana attempt to assuage fears of antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice in order to push forward with their merger. (Photo: iStock)

Aetna and Humana are scrambling to convince antitrust regulators in the U.S. Department of Justice that their proposed $34 billion merger won’t hurt consumers by reducing competition in the health insurance market. 

Until recently, officials at both companies expressed confidence that the deal would be approved, but the prospect of rejection appears to have increased dramatically in the past month, as consumer groups, political leaders and state and federal regulators have publicly and privately voiced concerns about the effects of such an enormous acquisition. 

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