Election 2016

Cigna-Anthem Merger: Gov. Malloy Faces Bipartisan Pressure To Block Controversial Deal

ibtimes.comIn the intensifying debate over a proposed health insurance merger, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing the seemingly impossible: bringing together powerful voices from both parties. But the problem for Malloy is that those forces are unifying against him — just as he prepares for a high-profile role at the Democratic National Convention and his administration deals with a merger-related ethics probe.

As Connecticut leads the multistate review of Anthem’s proposed merger with Cigna, the national group Democracy for America — which grew out of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign — submitted a 20,000-signature petition to Democratic officials earlier this month demanding that Gov. Malloy either use his power to block the merger, or step down from his role overseeing the DNC’s rules committee. Now, Connecticut Republican lawmakers are making a similar demand: In a press release blasted out Wednesday, they slammed Malloy for appointing a former Cigna lobbyist to oversee the merger review, and said the governor must use his power to stop the transaction.

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