Cigna has begun pulling away from Anthem, the health insurer poised to acquire it. (Photo: iStock)

Anthem wants to get its fight with the U.S. government over with as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, the insurer asked a federal judge to deliver a decision on its proposed acquisition of Cigna before the end of the year. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block that deal, as well as a similar proposed merger between Aetna and Humana.

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