NFL passes on pushing Obamacare

Sundays might be safe again.

The National Football League won’t be playing along with an administration effort to use America’s most popular sport to try to sell its least popular law, a league spokesman wrote Friday.

On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department was in talks with the league to promote Obamacare as the clock runs down on its planned Oct. 1 kickoff, when it will begin enrolling Americans into health-insurance exchanges.

bearfumbleAt the time, according to The Hill, Sebelius said the NFL is “very actively and enthusiastically engaged” in the discussions.

The discussions might have been active, but they apparently weren’t very enthusiastic, at least from the league’s point of view.

And a letter from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, to Commissioner Roger Goodell cooled whatever enthusiasm there was.

“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,” the senators wrote.

The NFL agreed.

Obamacare, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, won’t be part of the game plan this fall.

“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,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner.

In other words, Obamacare bombed.


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