The characterization of the meeting between Humana's Bruce Broussard and Aetna's Mark Bertolini stands in stark contrast to the combative relationship between health insurers Anthem and Cigna. (Photo: AP)

Humana Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard extolled his company’s fit with rival Aetna Inc. as the insurers began making their case for combining in a $37 billion deal that the U.S. seeks to block.

Broussard told the judge who will decide whether to let the deal proceed that he and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini hit it off when they first met.

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