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June 28, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Earlier this week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that not only was her department negotiating with the National Football League to help sell ObamaCare, but that the NFL was “enthusiastically” considering it. Republicans on the Hill chimed in, noting that helping promote such an unpopular policy might taint the league even worse than the arrests of dozens of its players already does.

Well, they reconsidered. The NFL has punted, it has passed, it has kicked ObamaCare to the curb.

UPDATE: 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.

The “no substantive contact” bit is an obvious slap to Sebelius. It suggests that she was lying about the league’s enthusiasm for the project. Which she probably was.

For those keeping score at home, the Democrats’ “winning week” has seen the Democratic President of the United States flipped the bird by China, Russia and Ecuador, and Obama’s top health care enforcer turned down flat by pro football. He cluelessly described NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a hacker in an obvious attempt to downplay the severity of the leaks and to distance his administration from the lax security that allowed Snowden so much access to so much material. A court also found that Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to pay ObamaCare’s fines while it fights its abortifacient mandate. Nobody’s really telling Obama “yes” anywhere. He’s having to rely on a state senator who is destined to lose on an abortion bill in Texas to drum up anything “special” to talk about. That mob-won “victory” will be temporary and probably set the blue Texas project back several years.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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obviously, no tax incentives or enough outright free money to get their attention. i don't watch pro-sports for several reasons. at least i can't blame obama-robertscare.
1 year ago
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Look for pressure to intensify on the NFL for dissing Sebelius and by extension, Obama, over the phony "Redskins" non-issue. But I think they should change their name to be more accurate anyway.

"Siberian-Americans" - it does have a certain ring to it, non?
1 year ago
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Whew! I had decided that I would not be watching any football in the fall if the NFL went through with this. That would have been a great sacrifice I'm happy I won't be having to make.. That Sibelius lied comes as no surprise. Doesn't she need a gaggle of civil servants to help her get around with that 10-foot-long nose of hers?
1 year ago
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it may be a bad week for obama, but obamacare is still the law and the American Library Association (17,000 libraries) is due to announce sunday (AP announced early) that it will be helping educate and enroll people. it might not be as sexy as the nfl, but for people whose only internet access is the public library it is a huge deal.
1 year ago
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Gee, I think the NFL should send Aaron Hernandez out as their spokesman for Obamacare.
1 year ago
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Oh yeah, a "one man death panel". That's the ticket!
1 year ago
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I'm so glad we have such a loving totalitarian state who doesn't even want us to change the channel from our favorite sports to let us know how awesome our government is!
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