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NFL rejects White House's request to promote Obamacare

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09:39 AM ET 06.29 | 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.

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June 29, 2013  09:54 AM ET

NFL rejects White House's request to promote Obamacare

However, they're fully onboard with prison reform......

June 29, 2013  09:59 AM ET

No way this will slow down our country from going broke, Good Job NFL!!!

June 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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NFL rejects White House's request to promote Obamacare

Goodell finally did something right.

June 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET

NFL shouldn't get into politics.

June 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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NFL shouldn't get into politics.

They aren't.

June 29, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Like the league doesn't have enough problems already. The idea of Choirboy involved in politics makes me want to puke.

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June 29, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Speaking of something medical, doesn't the Tour de Pharmacy start today?

June 29, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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NFL shouldn't get into politics.

How true. Talk about consorting with criminal elements of our society.

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June 29, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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The NFL shouldn't give this monkey the time of day.

Can't wait for the 2-minute warning on this administration.

Although the last one and probably the next aren't much better.

June 29, 2013  12:10 PM ET

Keep politics out of sports. The photo ops for championship teams are more than enough. I watch sports to escape politics.

June 29, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Sometimes (read: nearly every single day) the racist element of this little online community makes it very hard to enjoy the place.

June 29, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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Keep politics out of sports. The photo ops for championship teams are more than enough. I watch sports to escape politics.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins refused to go to the White House when they won The Cup in 2011. He saw it as a political photo op, and did not want to be seen as endorsing Obama.

I saw that as a freedom of speech issue, but he took a lot of flak for it. Sports franchises should not take stands on political issues and expect their athletes to go along with it.

The First Lady's anti-obesity campaign isn't really political, and I have no problem with the NFL signing up for it, but Obamacare is completely different.

June 29, 2013  01:00 PM ET
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The NFL shouldn't give this monkey the time of day.

Leave, bigot.

June 29, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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The First Lady's anti-obesity campaign isn't really political, and I have no problem with the NFL signing up for it, but Obamacare is completely different.

Kinda don't agree on the anti-obesity campaign, because she has pressured local schools with veiled threats of taking money away. All for healthier kids, though.

June 29, 2013  01:08 PM ET

After 16 years of the Bush family of thieves and liars, and eight years of an alley cat, you know we had to try something......anything. Not that it made even the smallest difference.

June 29, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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Obamacare didn't go far enough.Healthcare should not be a for profit business.

I agree.

June 29, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins refused to go to the White House when they won The Cup in 2011. He saw it as a political photo op, and did not want to be seen as endorsing Obama.I saw that as a freedom of speech issue, but he took a lot of flak for it. Sports franchises should not take stands on political issues and expect their athletes to go along with it.The First Lady's anti-obesity campaign isn't really political, and I have no problem with the NFL signing up for it, but Obamacare is completely different.

Tim should have just stayed home without explanation. This Political photo op is something that has gone on forever.

 
June 29, 2013  01:11 PM ET

But I agree with this as well.

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