Anthem Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday presentedcontrasting visions of the health care industry in the ramp up totrial in the government’s push to block the insurance company’sproposed $54 billion deal to acquire Cigna Corp.

The opposing sides, locked in a bitter dispute in the U.S.District Court for the District of Columbia, submitted their“pre-trial briefs” to the presiding judge, Amy Berman Jackson, whohas set trial for Nov. 21. Antitrust enforcers in July sued to stopthe merger, which Justice Department officials said would raise insurancepremiums and lower the quality of health care.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber