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NFL Says No to Obamacare

6:02 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Philip Klein reports that the NFL will not help the Obama administration promote Obamacare:

NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy emails:

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.

Previously, Steve Hayes reported that Health and Human Services had reached out, and that the NFL was weighing its options:

“We’re going to be wherever people are,” said Sebelius, noting that the talks included discussions of “partnership efforts” as well as paid advertising. “The NFL, for instance, in the conversations I’ve had, has been very actively and enthusiastically engaged because they see health promotion as one of the things that is good for them and good for the country.”

But the top spokesman for the NFL gave The Weekly Standard a rather different characterization of those discussions. “The NFL, NBA, and others were contacted by the administration. We have made no commitments nor discussed any details with the administration,” says Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of public relations. “We are in the process of clarifying what it is the administration would ask of us.” There’s quite a difference between “very actively and enthusiastically engaged” and “made no commitments nor discussed any details.”

Which means college football fans won't be able to lord this over the NFL, as Jeff Anderson had warned.

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