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Aetna and Anthem won't be deterred by the latest U.S. Department of Justice announcement regarding mega mergers. (Photo: iStock)

Although most health industry observers expressed optimism about the prospects of two proposed health insurance megamergers for much of the past year, few optimists remain now that the U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block Aetna from acquiring Humana and Anthem from buying Cigna

For starters, Cigna is sending strong signals that it is not interested in pursuing the deal anymore. Bickering between its leaders and those of the would-be parent company, Anthem, has already been extensively reported on before the Justice Department’s announcement last week.

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