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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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To: AtlasStalled
[Is it because the administration is 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?]

Exactly. Something like 40 percent of the population have only a vague notion of what ObamaCare is and that they are mandated to participate. Many people think ObamaCare equals free health care. There is so much confusion and there will be so many nonparticipants, due to ignorance alone, that the law may be impossible to enforce, at least in the first couple of years.

21 posted on 06/29/2013 9:23:43 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Isn’t that what Democrat politicians are for, to explain to us how wonderful their overhaul of healthcare is?”

Don’t forget, it’s so wonderful that they exempted themselves from it!


22 posted on 06/29/2013 9:25:39 AM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

They will cave.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 9:27:24 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Works for me! Anything which kills this monster is fine by me, but I think it has so many Achilles heels it won’t be implemented as intended because it simply isn’t sustainable (or comprehensible!)


24 posted on 06/29/2013 9:30:13 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Brad from Tennessee

color me surprised!


25 posted on 06/29/2013 9:35:22 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Wow! Some backbone. I wonder how they’ll stand up to the political winds that find New England or Green Bay’s team mascot names offensive?


26 posted on 06/29/2013 9:47:40 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Maybe NASCAR would be interested.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

F the NFL, a bunch of millionaire athletes who’ve been spoon-fed pablum their entire lives, who so often spit on their adulating fans. A bunch of millionaires who excel at slurping tax money from the public trough. The NFL is the #1 American entertainment addiction. I wouldn’t care much except they expect me to pay for their place of business.


28 posted on 06/29/2013 9:54:38 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: Brad from Tennessee
NFL owners know if they punt for Obamacare, fans would revolt, ratings would go down, and they would have $$$$$$ of sports paraphernalia sitting on the shelves.
29 posted on 06/29/2013 9:55:13 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Dilbert San Diego

PSAs would cause anybody with half a brain to do research into it, thus causing more people to not buy in.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 10:05:52 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Incorrigible; All

Exactly..


31 posted on 06/29/2013 10:08:53 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Only losers like to win by losing.)
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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.

They obviously don't care about that, and don't believe that has a remote possibility of happening. Their confidence is absolute. Must mean something.

32 posted on 06/29/2013 10:12:50 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: wastedyears

I don’t think so. They’re working too hard to get the American people on their side on this issue — and So bilious wouldn’t be hawking it left and right trying to “sell it” if they thought it wouldn’t work. They really have no clue.


33 posted on 06/29/2013 10:18:19 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: max americana

“Robert Kraft, who owns three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, funneled 86% of his $33,600 in individual contributions to Democrats.”

I find this surprising and disappointing.


34 posted on 06/29/2013 10:21:19 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: wrencher
F the NFL, a bunch of millionaire athletes who’ve been spoon-fed pablum their entire lives, who so often spit on their adulating fans. A bunch of millionaires who excel at slurping tax money from the public trough. The NFL is the #1 American entertainment addiction. I wouldn’t care much except they expect me to pay for their place of business.

Which sport's participants do you find better?

35 posted on 06/29/2013 10:28:43 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

If I’m not mistaken, Goodall’s father was a GOP Senator back in the late 60’s, appointed to the Senate seat after RFK was killed.


36 posted on 06/29/2013 10:36:59 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Brad from Tennessee
we currently have no plans to engage in this area

Doesn't sound very convincing to me . . . I guess they are waiting for the right "incentive" to go ahead.

Every industry should know by now that they don't exist without the Kenyan's good graces.

37 posted on 06/29/2013 11:03:10 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Someone dared say no to the master??? The entire NFL will now be audited.

FUBO


38 posted on 06/29/2013 11:08:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: jimbo123
The ObamaCare ads are going to be EVERYWHERE!

In a couple of months we will find what is going to happen to Medicare Advantage. I think the seniors will be pissed. And the ads will make them madder.

39 posted on 06/29/2013 11:25:38 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Fight the culture of nothing.)
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To: AtlasStalled
To: Brad from Tennessee I don’t get. The crappy Obamacare law has already passed.

Without getting the currently uninsured Millennials in large numbers the exchanges won't work.

40 posted on 06/29/2013 11:37:57 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Fight the culture of nothing.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Why should the NFL be promoting anything political?


41 posted on 06/29/2013 11:40:35 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: wastedyears

If I could not find an alternative sport model as an example would that excuse these millionaires pickpocketing of tax money from my wallet to theirs?

Is it required to have at least one sport to exalt? It’s just a big business entertainment venue, whatever your sport.

I’m not a fan and I object to having to pay for their stadiums when I buy a beer, or rent a car, or pay via the 100’s of other mechanisms they’ve dreamed up to avoid having to pay for themselves.

Sorry comrade, but that’s socialism from one side of their mouths asking the public to build a stadium, and capitalism out of the other, paying huge salaries, mega-millions for the biggest stars. Maybe they’ll move the season start up this year, the masses need ever more and more distracting these days.


42 posted on 06/29/2013 12:14:27 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: wrencher

More than one game a week for football is too much, what with plays that last only a few seconds on average, and jogging on and off the field, vs hockey where play could go for minutes without a whistle.

What have they dreamed up that you pay for, so they don’t have to pay for themselves, aside from stuff like plates and beer with teams on them?


43 posted on 06/29/2013 12:33:59 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The NFL is too busy promoting homosexuality to be concerned with 0-care.


44 posted on 06/29/2013 1:14:16 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Alberta's Child

“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.”

The major sports leagues are exempt to federal anti-trust laws by the good graces of congress. So, it’s smart on their part to not pick a dog in this fight.


45 posted on 06/29/2013 1:19:52 PM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Maybe JC Penney would help roll out ObamaCare... (Glad to see the NFL doesn’t want to give the finger to the half of Americans who are conservative...)


46 posted on 06/29/2013 1:22:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (... liberal anger - - the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If the NFL or NBA succumb to the pressure, I will NEVER watch another game again.


47 posted on 06/29/2013 1:45:36 PM PDT by PAR
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To: MuttTheHoople
Look for an IRS audit of Roger Goodell.

Along with the owners and the NFL. The Liberal Messiah does not take dissension lightly.

48 posted on 06/29/2013 2:27:03 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: wastedyears

I guess these 1/2 billion $ things they use, called stadiums, have escaped your notice?


49 posted on 06/29/2013 7:57:56 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: wrencher

I don’t watch football. And kinda don’t care what their stadiums go for, either.


50 posted on 06/30/2013 2:30:38 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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