On the heels of yesterday's U.S. Department of Justice announcement the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers, we learn what the companies and others are saying. (AP Photo)

In retrospect, it seems odd that so many business analysts expected the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the proposed mergers of four enormous health insurers.

From the time the proposed deals were announced last year, consumer advocates and Democratic politicians weren’t warm to Aetna’s plans to acquire Humana or Anthem’s plans to buy Cigna. The acquisitions, if approved, would shrink the number of large health insurers in the country from five to three.

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