To opponents of the Affordable Care Act, Aetna’s recentannouncement that it will withdraw from all but four ACAmarketplaces is more evidence that the landmark healthlaw is doomed to fail.

But, as BenefitsPRO pointed out two weeks ago and Democrats arepointing out now, the timing of Aetna’s announcement stronglysuggested that the move was as much about political gamesmanship asbusiness.

Aetna’s decision to dramatically reduce its participation in theACA marketplace came shortly after the Obama administrationannounced it would seek to block Aetna’s bid to acquire rival insurerHumana, along with another insurance megamergerbetween Anthem and Cigna.

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