NFL: We’ll punt on promoting ObamaCare

posted at 6:01 pm on June 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At the beginning of the week, we found out that Kathleen Sebelius had been huddling with the NFL, hoping to move the ball forward on public acceptance of ObamaCare.  Apparently, the pass fell incomplete, because the NFL now says it has no intention of lining up with the White House for this kickoff, according to play-by-play man Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner:

UPDATE: NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy emails:

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 PPACA’s implementation.

Letters from Congress?  ObamaCare opponents on Capitol Hill had to call an audible after getting surprised by the Obama administration’s attempt to draft the country’s most popular sports league:

The top two Republicans in the Senate cautioned the National Football League against teaming up with the Obama administration to promote the president’s controversial health care reform.

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed the NFL and a “variety of sports affiliates” have been “enthusiastically engaged” with the administration over the idea.

But in a letter sent Friday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn advised the sports leagues that it would not be a smart move.

“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the health care [law], it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion,” stated the letter.

In fact, the two leading Republicans tried to head off expansion teams from joining the league:

In addition to the NFL, the letter was sent to the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association and the chairman and chief executive officer of NASCAR.

It’s good to know that we’ll be able to watch American football without having to endure chalk talk on ObamaCare.  Maybe Sebelius should have kept her playbook a little more covert.

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Bishop?

Dirty Creature on June 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Wow. My first.

Dirty Creature on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Imagine the loss for the NFL if they chose to do TheOne’s bidding.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Tim Tebow more accepted in the NFL than ObamaCare.

Heh.

portlandon on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Damn, I bet the White House is totally bummed. It soooo wanted Aaron Hernandez to be the NFL’s pitchman to the Hispanic community for Obamacare.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Wow. My first.

Dirty Creature on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

It only counts if you have something constructive to say like Bishop.

Don’t mind me while I paint concentric circles around you :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Nicely played.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Wow. My first.

Dirty Creature on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The Hot Gas Bishop Prize Closet is down the hall. Take one of anything you want.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Getting back to the topic, I’m surprised the NFL listened to Senate Republicans. It’s not like they’ll be leading anything anytime soon (no, I have no hope that they’ll take the Senate next year, much less that they’ll actually act like Republicans if they get the majority).

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Kudos to the NFL. They should remain above politics whenever possible.

Bill Belichick to take credit for this in 3…2…1…….

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I suspect pro football officials really don’t want to make health a major discussion issue. Awkward.

a capella on June 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Nicely played.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I didn’t understand it. Her English is terrible. Also, she can’t spell.

American football

Excuse me? You mean football?

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

They’ll eventually cave to an ‘offer they cant refuse’.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

*pokes Ed with stick again*

It’s Friday, Morrissey.

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You mean football?

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Well, there’s that other football…you know, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, that one.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I can see the commercial now….

“Hi, I’m Donte Stallworth, a NFL superstar. Recently, I was hanging with my posse at a nightclub when the gat I had in my sweatpants went off putting a slug into my leg. My first thought, was ‘Damn! I don’t got no health insurance’. But then I remembered Obamacare and they ended up covering my “pre-existing” condition.

Fade to Obama….

“if I had a son, he’d look like Donte”

Ditkaca on June 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It’s good to know that we’ll be able to watch American football without having to endure chalk talk on ObamaCare

If you think people like Bob Costas are going to keep their yap shut about politics you’re naive.

Fenris on June 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Ditkaca on June 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Don’t LOL on many…but that deserves an LOL. :-)

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Precisely so… if anybody knows their customer base, the NFL would.

The NFL already has enough troubles nipping at the legs… the alienation of their main customer base is hardly what they need right now.

The initial headline (a few days ago) that they’d be pimping O-care honestly surprised me, the news that they’re passing on the honor of being shills for a totalitarian scheme… not so much.

CPT. Charles on June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Well, there’s that other football…you know, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, that one.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

That’s suck…er…soccer.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Well, there’s that other football…you know, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, that one.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

*shudders violently*

That’s soccer. An excellent cardiovascular workout for women and youths.

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

That’s suck…er…soccer.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Sorry. :) Would gladly have let you say that word.

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Sorry. :) Would gladly have let you say that word.

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

That word required the dogpile.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Heard this a.m. on Varney & Co. that the imposter-in-offus is funding a program in California to have students get their parents on OCare.
http://www.norcalblogs.com/postscripts/2013/06/28/ca-tax-dollars-teach-la-students-sell-obamacare-mom-dadwhomever/

What a piece of excrement this guy in the president’s offus is.

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Getting back to the topic, I’m surprised the NFL listened to Senate Republicans. It’s not like they’ll be leading anything anytime soon (no, I have no hope that they’ll take the Senate next year, much less that they’ll actually act like Republicans if they get the majority).

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Are you serious? The NFL is run as a nonprofit organization, with all the inherent tax breaks. A number of Republicans are preparing to bring that little party to an end. After all, it’s the type of nonprofit that pays it’s CEO over $10 mil a year while letting some many older players deal with excruciating career-related injuries and disorders without health coverage, just as you’d expect from a caring, nonprofit org.

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2013/05/the_us_senate_is_going_after_n.html

bayam on June 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Sound familiar?

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

The initial headline (a few days ago) that they’d be pimping O-care honestly surprised me

While the NFL won’t, many individual players will, and that’s really all that matters. It’s stealing a chapter from the Romneycare playbook, when many Red Socks stars helped Romney sell his very similar plan to residents of Mass.

bayam on June 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Back in the day, Baldur von Schirach, had a similar program.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Oh, Gawd……now it’s the librarians.

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.

The undertaking will be announced Sunday in Chicago at the annual conference of the American Library Association, according to federal officials who released the information early to The Associated Press.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_LIBRARIES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-28-10-15-31

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Yeppers!

Just how far down the tube have we gone with the flucker in the WH?

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I will quit any sport I still watch if this crapsammich is promoted by them…

ladyingray on June 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Damn, I bet the White House is totally bummed. It soooo wanted Aaron Hernandez to be the NFL’s pitchman to the Hispanic community for Obamacare.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Hernandez could always be pardoned and then run for senator in Mass, they like killers.

Bishop on June 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I can see the commercial now….

“Hi, I’m Donte Stallworth, a NFL superstar. Recently, I was hanging with my posse at a nightclub when the gat I had in my sweatpants went off putting a slug into my leg. My first thought, was ‘Damn! I don’t got no health insurance’. But then I remembered Obamacare and they ended up covering my “pre-existing” condition.

Fade to Obama….

“if I had a son, he’d look like Donte”

Ditkaca on June 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Winner!

TXUS on June 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Maybe Sebelius should have kept her playbook a little more covert.

Next time she will. Libtards are just evil, not stupid.

oldleprechaun on June 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Hmmmm….an organization that appears to know it’s limitations.

GarandFan on June 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Considering the fact that Obama is booed rather heartily whenever his face appears on some stadium’s Jumbotron, I kinda see this move as a no-brainer.

joejm65 on June 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Wow. My first.

Dirty Creature on June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Woo-hoo!

I guess I can watch (real) football this fall now.

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

That word required the dogpile.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I see what you did there. :)

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

No doubt marching orders have been given to the IRS, NSA, EPA, DOJ, DOL, etc., for ‘special treatment‘…

… No doubt.

Seven Percent Solution on June 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I can see the commercial now….

“Hi, I’m Donte Stallworth Plexico Burress, a NFL superstar. Recently, I was hanging with my posse at a nightclub when the gat I had in my sweatpants went off putting a slug into my leg. My first thought, was ‘Damn! I don’t got no health insurance’. But then I remembered Obamacare and they ended up covering my “pre-existing” condition.

Fade to Obama….

“if I had a son, he’d look like Donte Plexico”

Ditkaca on June 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Stallworth ran down the pedestrian, while drunk, in Miami.

RickB on June 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Whew!

No Monday Night Football with Krazy Keith and Cuckoo Chrissie.

Or, is that their next move?

fogw on June 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Don’t worry…Sebelius will INSIST on having free air time during every game for her commercials…via Executive Order if necessary.

ProfShadow on June 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

If Obamacare is so darned great, why all the gimmicks? People should be running to enroll.

indypat on June 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Not this librarian.

rbj on June 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

0dumba now threatens revocation of the NFL’s tax-exempt status in 3-2-1…

Anti-Control on June 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Whew!

No Monday Night Football with Krazy Keith and Cuckoo Chrissie.

Or, is that their next move?

fogw on June 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

If it were MNF (rights owned by The Mouse/ESPiN), it would be Steffi and Ross. SNF, since Costas and company are just as partisan as Keith and Chrissie, will remain in the province of Costas.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

RickB on June 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Almost a good FIFY, but it’s “Plaxico”.

That just gives me an excuse to dig up this classic YouTube special.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

And the IRS and NSA start quietly updating their BOLO lists.

Gator Country on June 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM

They’ll eventually cave to an ‘offer they cant refuse’.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Maybe shuttng up once and for all about the Redskins’ team name?

James on June 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

As the great Red Cashion used to say, “That’s a first dowwwwwn!!!

tgharris on June 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

*pokes Ed with stick again*

It’s Friday, Morrissey.

Axe on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You sure he wasn’t thinking about this instead?

Myron Falwell on June 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM

American football
Excuse me? You mean football?

In many European countries, what we call soccer is called football–a ball struck with the foot.

Ed just wanted to make sure that there was no confusion between soccer and the “football” played by the National Football League.

Anyway, kudos to the NFL for not signing up to peddle ObamaCare to those who can’t afford it. Like 90% of the American population.

Steve Z on June 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Not this librarian.

rbj on June 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

^_^’
Good!

avagreen on June 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Well, there’s that other football…you know, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, that one.

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

There is no other football. Just like there is no other America.

HiJack on June 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

While the NFL won’t, many individual players will, and that’s really all that matters. It’s stealing a chapter from the Romneycare playbook, when many Red Socks stars helped Romney sell his very similar plan to residents of Mass.

bayam on June 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Something tells me that these individual players will end up pretty much all looking the same…

HiJack on June 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

y sell his very similar plan to residents of Mass.

bayam on June 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Quit with the canard.You’re tiresome you hack.

CW on June 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Great. That’s solved, for now. But there are more pressing issues, like who is going to finally shut Collinsworth the hell up?

Christien on June 29, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I wonder if the NFL actually considered that it didn’t want to alienate liberal men and women?…you know, their biggest supporters!

The NFL is the last stand for men. If they ever sell out to liberals, they may as well close the doors.

cajunpatriot on June 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

lol the NFL runs on Marxism.

lexhamfox on June 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM