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NFL says no to promoting Obamacare
Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2013 | By Sandhya Somashekhar and Lenny Bernstein

Posted on 06/29/2013 8:58:16 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

The National Football League is used to big, bruising battles. But on Friday, it announced that it was likely staying out of one of the roughest fights in Washington: the war over Obamacare.

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius disclosed that the Obama administration was in talks with the sports organization to help promote the law, which enters a new phase as advocates prepare to begin enrolling millions of Americans in health insurance this fall.

On Friday, Republican leaders in the Senate issued a stern warning to sports organizations not to partner with the White House on an issue marked by such “divisiveness and persistent unpopularity.”

Asked about the congressional letter, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had not made any commitment to the administration.

“We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation,” he said in an e-mail.

The NFL’s decision is the latest blow to the administration over the health-care law, which faces enormous hurdles as key portions go into effect in the coming months. Chief among the challenges is the political opposition to the law, which has persisted since its passage in 2010 despite hopes on the part of advocates that it would eventually be accepted as the law of the land. . .

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1 posted on 06/29/2013 8:58:16 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

YAY! Nice to know that there are still some who will stand up to the Obama machine!


2 posted on 06/29/2013 9:02:49 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I just want to watch the game. I do not want to sit through “public service” announcements which are propaganda for any social/political issues.

If Obamacare is so wonderful, why does our government feel the need for a public relations campaign to explain to us how wonderful it is? Isn’t that what Democrat politicians are for, to explain to us how wonderful their overhaul of healthcare is?


3 posted on 06/29/2013 9:02:55 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I don’t get. The crappy Obamacare law has already passed. Why does the administration need to turn pro teams into cheerleading squads for the law? Is it because the administration afraid that no one is actually going to comply with the law, and noncompliance will be so pervasive that attempts to legally enforce it will amount to naught, and ObamaCare will by default be repealed as a practical matter by the people? Wouldn’t that be delicious.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 9:03:30 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Brad from Tennessee

NFL Owners Love The GOP
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/10/07/nfl-owners-love-the-gop/


5 posted on 06/29/2013 9:03:47 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Look for an IRS audit of Roger Goodell.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 9:05:30 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

NFL owners have no reason to get into bed with this administration on this nonsense. In fact, NFL teams are among the businesses in this country whose owners should be most strongly opposed to a stupid Federal law that mandates insurance coverage that these businesses already offer nearly all of their employees anyway.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 9:07:38 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: AtlasStalled

Ultimately it will collapse under its own weight. It cannot be sustained as is. It is far too costly and there is too much minutiae.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 9:08:13 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: MuttTheHoople

“Look for an IRS audit of Roger Goodell.”

Obama and his team are making their lists, and checking them twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice!


9 posted on 06/29/2013 9:08:47 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: JLLH

“Ultimately it will collapse under its own weight. It cannot be sustained as is. It is far too costly and there is too much minutiae.”

Agreed!


10 posted on 06/29/2013 9:09:14 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Obama is going to be spending MILLIONS of dollars in advertising this fall hawking ObamaCare. MILLIONS! The ObamCare ads are going to be EVERYWHERE!

Just another cash payoff to the liberal media.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 9:09:15 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Brad from Tennessee

some good news at least......HOORAY for NFL. Was a vote of owners taken?


12 posted on 06/29/2013 9:09:35 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I forsee more government sponsored investigations into player concussions and injuries. More investigations into monopoly business practices. More IRS audits of the team owners.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 9:10:09 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

They’d have to be morons to get involved with this in any way.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 9:16:04 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I don’t care whose politics it is. I want no politics in my football. None. Not Lib, not Conservative ... none.


15 posted on 06/29/2013 9:19:01 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: JLLH

“Ultimately it will collapse under its own weight. It cannot be sustained as is. It is far too costly and there is too much minutiae.”

And I hope every company with a beef with the law sues the Administration to overturn the provisions at issue, and let the law fail from a thousand legal extractions.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 9:20:19 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: originalbuckeye

It could simply be a business decision. NFL games are one of the few things on TV that aren’t racially divided (both blacks and whites watch) and attracts a wide age range, though mostly male. Promoting Obamacare could drive away conservative voters from watching, right before sweeps and the start of the next season.
So the financial cost is more than any incentives and brownie points with the fed.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 9:20:51 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Brad from Tennessee

"So - you think this is over, NFL? You'll be sorry you crossed us!"


18 posted on 06/29/2013 9:20:51 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Cicero
The business “Holly Hobby” has successfully put the mandate of Obamacare 'on hold'....court determined in their favor for being a Christian Based business who cannot be forced to pay for abortions, contraception and the like...

Will be interesting to see if they win, but until there is a determination they do not have to go under Obamacare.

19 posted on 06/29/2013 9:21:29 AM PDT by caww
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To: AtlasStalled
Obama:

Hey Rog. It's a shame about all those labor relations problems you are going to have next year...

20 posted on 06/29/2013 9:23:32 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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