Aetna reported its first-quarter earnings Thursday morning and they were better than analysts estimated. The company's leadership, on the other hand, wasn't surprised.
"Strong earnings, membership, was where we expected it to be. We had strong growth on the public exchanges and we raised guidance for the year, so I think it was all and all a very solid quarter," Mark Bertolini, the company's Chairman and CEO, said on a CNBC exclusive.
The company is still determined to complete its acquisition of competitor Humana by the second half of the year.