NFL: We're Not Going to Promote ObamaCare
Statement comes after Senate Republicans sent letter to sports leagues
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
A large NFL logo decorates the stage before the first round of the NFL football draft in April.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – The latest political skirmish over ObamaCare comes in the unlikeliest of places: the world of sports. As in, the NFL has found itself compelled to issue a statement saying it doesn't plan to help the White House promote the plan. How did it come to this? As Talking Points Memo explains, it started when health chief Kathleen Sebelius suggested earlier this week that the Obama administration would enlist the help of the NFL and its star athletes to spread the word about the coming changes.

That prompted top Senate Republicans to write a letter to the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NHL, and other leagues strongly suggesting that they butt out because ObamaCare is characterized by such "divisiveness and persistent unpopularity," reports the Washington Post. The NFL's response? "We currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration" about the new law, says a spokesman. The NHL and MLB also said they had no plans to help. The flap speaks to the coming PR war ahead of the law's 2014 rollout, notes the Post.

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Aug 19, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
The present admin. could not succefully run a cat house-wisky emporium at fire sale prices !!!
Jul 1, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
What!!!! You can't say no to OBAMA, never.....!
Jul 1, 2013 10:04 AM CDT
We all agree there are many better, less costly and complicated health plans having been or still being proposed by people far smarter than our elected officials. But one only needs to look at the name of the health care plan, Obama Care, and surely you understand that this is all about him and his attempt to restructure the United States and dissolve our constitutional rites in a way that eliminates hard work and success to some, and bad news for those who choose otherwise. He is an free ride over educated egomaniac, and always has been, and he has never held a legitimate job which had he, his politics would be far different than they are.