Did Aetna use its participation in the exchanges as leverage to get its merger approved?

Last year, Aetna ran into some headwinds at the Department of Justice in getting its proposed merger with Humana approved. 

So they resorted to a particularly unsavory trick: pulling out of the ACA exchanges, even in places where it was profitable for them to stay in. 

Despite their insistence to the contrary, a federal judge found Aetna used its exchange participation as leverage against the Obama administration to get its merger approved.

As you might remember, insurers pulling out of the exchanges was a major source of embarrassment for Obamacare.

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