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Top GOP Senators Warn Prof. Sports Organizations Not to Work With Sebelius on Obamacare

2:47 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The two top Republican senators, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, have written letters to six professional sports organizations, warning them not to work with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to promote Obamacare. The letters were addressed to the top executives at the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association, and NASCAR.

"We write to express our concern about an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to draw the National Football League into one of the most divisive and polarizing political issues of our day, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare," the senators write in their letter to Roger Goodell, comissioner of the NFL.

"Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of this bill, 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. Administration sources have cited the role of the Boston Red Sox in helping to encourage enrollment in the Massachusetts Connector in 2007 as a model for your participation. However, there are key differences between the Massachusetts experience and Obamacare that should inform your decision."

The senators add:

"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. Should the administration or its allies suggest that there will be any policy consequences for your decision not to participate in their outreach efforts, we urge you to resist any such pressure and to contact us immediately so that we may conduct appropriate oversight."

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