I have 2 old macs with data that needs to be moved to 1 new mac. Can I simply run migration assistant twice, moving the data into the same user account on the new mac?
Without the source or the full functionnal specification from Apple it is impossible to give you an answer with no risk.
To clarify your question let's say your 3 Macs are named A, B and C. A being the oldest one, then B, and C the younger one.
Your question is "can I run
Migration Assistant this way":
A → C and then B → C
I am convinced that Apple didn't take into consideration such a scheme of migration which might lead to data loss or corruption.
On the other hand, if you want to run
Migration Assistant this way:
A → B and then B → C
I am convinced that the integration process will work correctly on B and then on C. In this case, make a full backup of B before starting.
No. Migration won’t merge or combine accounts. Applications might work as I haven’t tried it, but user accounts can’t collide.
At best you could migrate all the users with different names then switch, export and merge by hand.