Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said the Justice Department's challenge to the company's merger with Humana “would impair Aetna’s ability to continue its support” of plans sold under the ACA. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)

To opponents of the Affordable Care Act, Aetna’s recent announcement that it will withdraw from all but four ACA marketplaces is more evidence that the landmark health law is doomed to fail.

But, as BenefitsPRO pointed out two weeks ago and Democrats are pointing out now, the timing of Aetna’s announcement strongly suggested that the move was as much about political gamesmanship as business.

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