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July 29, 2015

McConnell, Cornyn Urge NFL, Sports Leagues Not to Promote Obamacare

The top two Republicans in the Senate released letters Friday urging the commissioners of the National Football League and other major sports leagues not to promote the 2010 health care overhaul law.

“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the bill, it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to a promotion,” wrote Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas in the letters, which were dated Thursday.

The letters follows reporting of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying the NFL is involved in efforts to promote the health insurance exchanges established by the new law.

In the letters to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA and NASCAR, the two senators also ask the leagues to notify them if anyone in the Obama administration exerts undue pressure to get them to support any pro-health care law marketing efforts.

“We have long been concerned by the Obama Administration’s record of using the threat of policy retaliation to solicit support for its policies or to silence its critics,” the two wrote.

The full letter is available here: letter062713


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  1. Melody McKinstrie

    June 28, 2013
    3:54 p.m.

    The Red Sox promoted the insurance program in Massachusetts. I sincerely hope these sports teams do the right thing for their fans which is their bread and butter, keeping fans healthy and in the seats, buying merchandise. I would have a lot of respect for the Texas Rangers if Nolan Ryan lets his players promote state based exchanges.

  2. Larry M

    June 28, 2013
    9:28 p.m.

    You mean having someone “exert undue pressure” like two senators writing to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA and NASCAR commissioners, urging them not to promote the 2010 health care overhaul law?

  3. Coloredman

    June 29, 2013
    9:24 a.m.

    McConnell should tell that to Kentucky if they have NBA or NFL. Haaaaaaa!

  4. docb

    June 29, 2013
    11:33 a.m.

    Exert undue pressure…like they were doing?…Presuming that professional athletes give a damn what these two clowns are saying or believe is such a joke! Writing ‘en blanc’ not even bothering to address them personally! Arrogance at it’s best! Most of the professionals do not know who these repub incompetents are.

  5. TJ Wright

    June 30, 2013
    11:05 a.m.

    It is amazing how these people’s deep and real hatred of Obama trump the health of the citizens of the United States of America.

  6. BeachD1

    July 1, 2013
    6:28 p.m.

    These two elected senators are promoting unlawful actions, ’cause the ACA is the Law on healthcare.

    • unionista

      July 2, 2013
      5:39 p.m.

      lol The senators aren’t sore losers or anything!

  7. TheDronesNeedYou

    July 10, 2013
    11:13 p.m.

    The ACA was duly passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. Obama was re-elected in 2012. The Supreme Court has upheld the law.

    Which is to say: Obamacare–is–law. Congressional Republicans, please act accordingly.

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