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Anthem Threatens Obamacare Retreat If Results Don’t Improve

  • CEO says ‘will likely modify our strategy’ if still struggling
  • Third-quarter adjusted earnings fell short of estimates
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QuickTake: Assessing Obamacare

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Health insurer Anthem Inc., which has so far stuck with the Obamacare markets as rivals pulled back, said it may retreat in 2018 if its financial results under the program don’t improve next year.

Anthem’s comments up the stakes for the Obama administration as the enrollment season for 2017 Affordable Care Act plans begins, with consumers already facing fewer choices and higher premiums in many markets.