The Obama Administration has been making a big push as of late to promote ObamaCare in hopes to win over Americans amid reports of rising health insurance premiums, implementation problems, and employers’ worries law’s cost to their businesses.
Part of the plan orchestrated by the Department of Health and Human Services included working with sports leagues, including the NBA and NFL, which would allow them to reach millions of fans. But they were dealt a big blow last week when the NFL rejected any partnership to promote the controversial law.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that a NFL spokesman told the paper that the league “currently [has] no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [ObamaCare’s] implementation.”
The response comes after Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) wrote to various sports leagues to express concern about their getting involved in “one of the most divisive and polarizing political issues of our day.”
“Like millions of other Americans, we opposed [ObamaCare] based on compelling evidence that it would raise health care costs, dramatically increase the tax burden on already struggling Americans, and raise Medicare to fund an entirely new entitlement program that we simply cannot afford,” wrote McConnell and Cornyn to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Perhaps most concerning of all, ObamaCare would also direct the federal government to intervene into some of Americans’ most personal health care decisions.”
McConnell and Cornyn noted a recent Gallup poll showing that a majority of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare. “[F]or every one person who thinks he or she will benefit from it there are two others who believe it will harm their family’s health care,” they wrote.
“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of [ObamaCare], 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,” they added, before encouraging the NFL to contact them if the Obama Administration threatened retaliation for refusing to participate in its outreach efforts.
McConnell and Cornyn sent similar letters to the MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and the PGA. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) also sent letters to the NFL and NBA, inquiring about details of any discussions the leagues may have had with the Obama Administration.
“No private organization, including major sports leagues, should be pressured by the Obama Administration into doing their dirty work and promoting the President’s health care law to the American people,” said Scalise in a press release from his office. He noted that sports fans in his state are expected to see a 56% health insurance premium increase and added that “[i]t would be a slap in the face to those fans if their sports teams were inappropriately pressured by the Obama Administration to do their dirty work by promoting the President’s health care law.”