The NBA is now promoting… Obamacare?

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If you were already annoyed when LeBron colluded with other superstars in the NBA to form a championship caliber team, the latest news coming out of the NBA will drive you batty. According to Politico, the White House is actively looking to secure a partnership with the NBA in order to promote… Obamacare.

“If you needed a reason to dislike LeBron James, here’s reason number 4,612 to not like LeBron James, and this one is way beyond LeBron James,” Glenn joked on radio this morning.

Politico reported:

The Obama administration has reached out to the NBA about a potential marketing partnership to promote the health law, POLITICO has learned.

The news, revealed recently by Massachusetts officials who have been in contact with the administration, offers a glimpse at how President Barack Obama’s team plans to push the new coverage options to a public that largely has been clueless about the new health insurance options.

The NBA declined to comment. A spokesman said, “We have nothing to announce at this time.”

“I say they have to decline. You have to decline,” Pat said. “You can’t alienate more than half your fan base.”

Glenn, however, wasn’t quite so sure.

“Okay. We have the word ‘clueless’ in that story, and we also have the word ‘healthcare’, keyword, ’law’,” Glenn said. “Here’s what’s going to happen. They’re going to make the case: Look, it is the law. It’s the law. It’s the law of the land. The debate is over. It’s already the law of the land, and… it doesn’t matter if you’re for or against it. We’re educating. We’re educating people on how to access it because they need to have the information because it’s the law.”

Although people may disagree with Obamacare as a law, at the end of the day, it is the law of the land. This allows the NBA to look at the partnership as a public awareness campaign, instead of something political.

“This isn’t debating about whether we should start it or anything else,” Glenn continued. “We’re saying the law has changed and you don’t know how to access healthcare. And you’re helping people. I mean, the NBA, we care so deeply about people, we have to help people all the time and so we have to help people. And there are a lot of people who don’t even have healthcare now, and others who can no longer afford their healthcare… Here’s the thing: We’re helping people.”

“I mean, that’s how they will justify it in their minds,” Pat agreed. But “you’re going to piss off a lot of people.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    This shows how far and how desperate the administration is growing; no one on the left is able to avoid seeing the tsunami coming upon their heads in 2014, hence the efforts to hype up the role of Obama-care and the Socialist system it encompasses over America.

    Obama-care is a complete disaster of epic proportions: the Democrats controlled House, Senate and Presidency when they passed it; hence, they own it, and may they reap the harvest of it they so richly deserve.

  • Anonymous

    LeBron is my favorite NBA player.  I’ll be annoyed if he promotes politics that I don’t like, but the man can run the fast break as good as Magic Johnson!  I have to separate the two.
    Seriously though, why does Obama feel the need to promote Obamacare anyways?  Why are you trying to SELL this to us?  I thought we had no choice in the matter?  By the way, it’s not going to be a public SERVICE announcement of any kind.  It’s a promotion.  He’s softening right wing ideology one issue at a time and he has all the propaganda arms he needs.  Now to control that pesky House.

  • landofaahs

    To H with these idiot sports figures.  Most of these tards end up broke a few years after they quit sports even though they make tons of money because they are stupid.  Only retarded liberals give a darn what a moron thinks. NBA (No Brain A–holes).

  • landofaahs

    Like anyone cares what a bunch of ghetto thugs think.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Who is LeBron James and why should I care about another liberal supporting Nazicare oh I mean Obamacare?

  • TeaBaby

    I like LeBron James a lot.  I was happy to see him win his 2nd Championship last night.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope he doesn’t do anything for Obutthole, his wookie wife-thing, Chewbama, or any part of the regime.

  • David Coleman

    What the heck does the Miami Heat and Lebron James have to do with this? That’s my team and has been for 25 years. Every team makes trades to better their team. I’m a big Glenn Beck fan, but slamming the Heat like this is totally unacceptable. Don’t slander the Miami Heat and Lebron James for something the White House is trying to pull off. Leave the criticism where it belongs – with the Obama Administration.

  • David Coleman

    What the heck does the Miami Heat and Lebron James have to do with this? That’s my team and has been for 25 years. Every team makes trades to better their team. I’m a big Glenn Beck fan, but slamming the Heat like this is totally unacceptable. Don’t slander the Miami Heat and Lebron James for something the White House is trying to pull off. Leave the criticism where it belongs – with the Obama Administration.

  • David Coleman

    Who is Lebron James? Do you live in a cave?

  • David Coleman

    Who is Lebron James? Do you live in a cave?

  • Pamela Braman

    Not everyone is mad MIAMI HEAT won the championship, Glen.  I am an avid HEAT fan, so cut the crap…..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I just don’t care about basketball that much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.reagan.56 George Reagan

    The only thing to do is protest against the law and the NBA.  Being that he season just ended (how convenient, perfect timing by BHO) we can take it to the air waves and the NBAs public events. 

  • Anonymous

     yeah lets rip them purely based on speculation

  • Anonymous

     racist much?

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth doesn’t the House cut off funding of this monstrosity?  They have that option to close the pocketbook on any legislation, law or not.  Our Congress is either too overrun with Progressives or they are absolute cowards afraid that NSA might have some dirt on them.

  • Anonymous

    LeBron lived on the public dole all his life until he made it big – you’d think he’d like to pay back to Ohio what his Mamma was given through the generosity of we Ohio taxpayers…Oh wait, he gives away a few bicycles every year…whatta man!

  • Anonymous

    “…Although people may disagree with Obamacare as a law, it is the law of the land…”   Did I miss something but I thought DOMA was also the law of the land…

  • http://www.facebook.com/immis.johnson Immis Johnson

    Lebron is the same guy who showed up in the town I was born in years ago for a preseason exhibition game as a member of the Cavaliers. The place was packed with people who’d gotten tickets for the event thinking they might see him play.  (If you think I’m wrong, ask yourself if any other Cleveland Cavalier before or since could make a lot of people pack an auditorium in NY.

    Lebron was there, and from news reports and personal accounts he spent a lot of time pretending he was entering the game, taking off warmup clothes and kneeling by the sidelines as if…yeah.  As if.

    He never managed to get into the game but he played the “rural” crowd (because Rochester sure ain’t Syracuse, much less Cleveland) and never spent a second on the court.

    I wasn’t at the game; maybe someone who was there will explain his actions in a way I might sympathize with,  I admit it: I read the papers and he seemed like a dick, and that assessment has stuck with me.

    Congrats on the second title.  May you soon be as hairless as Granville Waiters.

  • landofaahs

    Racist none.  What did you find racist about it?

  • landofaahs

    Thank you.  I think I just did.  But not on speculation but fact.  Most of these players can’t even read and write yet they have college degrees.  Speculate that.

  • Anonymous

    using ghetto thugs to describe a league made up of predominantly black athletes would generally be considered pretty racist, especially since most of them would not fit that description. perhaps a fair number came from poor inner cities, but most aren’t thugs. to classify them as such based solely on individual perception is a racially based stereotype.

  • Anonymous

    the players have no say as to whether or not the NBA works with the government to do the psa thing on Obamacare, it is pure speculation that the administration reached out to the NBA or that the NBA would agree to it.
    The leagues have education programs designed to address these issues, trust me they’re literate by the time they reach the league.
    Yeah these guys tend to blow all their money. Has little to do with education, they grew up with nothing. Went to college receiving little. Never had to manage their finances or anything like that and suddenly they are loaded and can afford whatever they want. It all has to do with their being conditioned for scarcity and not knowing how to handle abundance.

  • TeaBaby

     LMFAO – you don’t even know for sure about this yet you still hate.  Comedy.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, a Heat fast break is a work of art.  Some things are just beautiful in their own right even if you don’t care.  To each their own.  LeBron is awesome, in case you are unaware of that.  As a basketball player though, his politics….WHO CARES! LOL You got that part right.

  • Anonymous

    Actually landofaahs, if you get a transcript of ONE SINGLE pro athlete’s report card, let me know.  I agree with you on almost anything, but disparaging people you know nothing about isn’t one of them.  If I had athletic talent and could make millions without working hard, I’d do it, and so would you.

  • Anonymous

    Athletic talent has nothing to do with an economic background. Once again I’m talking to someone who stereotypes pro athletes.  There are as many brought up in the middle class as in poverty.  A member of the Finals losing Spurs, Tim Duncan, graduated Wake Forest, one of the few remaining superstars who finished college.  Michael Jordan and Vince Carter both went back to North Carolina for their degrees AFTER they made their millions.  Wayman Tisdale, deceased and a former Phoenix Sun, was a successful Jazz musician.  Emeka Okafor of the Washington Wizards got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut after only 3 years.  Not to mention that athletes tend to “blow” their money on philanthropic efforts far more often than on illegal drugs and women.  Sorry, oft-repeated by me:  it takes no talent to hate.  

  • Anonymous

    Well, too bad I have a wife already because you are awesome! LOL.  LeBron is the man!  Back to Back baby!  I really really hope so too that he doesn’t help Obama on this one.  But I won’t stop liking the Heat.

  • Anonymous

    FROM WHAT I HEAR OBAMACARE is going to collapse before it begins.NOBODY’s liking it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.ely.56 Kyle Ely

    Out of curiosity how many here know that Bob Dole came up with Obamacare back in the 90′s? and that a progressive plan would be a single payer like what all of Europe has 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jules.p.guidry Jules P. Guidry

    Athletes, celebrities and other public figures need to stick to what made them famous and rich. When they open their mouths about what is good for the rest of us, I tune them out. LeBron who? NBA? Huh? 

  • http://twitter.com/p3driver p3driver

    Very clever, obama. Having a Low Info Voter tell other LIVs that piece of crap legislation is good. Yeah, we get it.

  • landofaahs

    Blacks are not the only race who reside in the ghetto.  So I guess I’m asking if I am being racist against Germans, Russians, or just toward the human race. The majority of players come from inner city ghettos and rural ghettos. 
    Since you obviously had to focus on the black portion of the NBA, I would say that you have the race hang up not me.  But lets wait and see who obama uses because that will indicate who he is targeting.   That should prove racist right there.  You know, you liberals need to deal with your race hang ups.  Not everything depends on race and I have a news flash for ya.  Just because people disagree with ya, it doesn’t mean they’re racist.  And remember that it’s not a sterotype if it’s true.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t believe it is disparaging a person when you listen to them on TV trash talking, speaking in unintelligible gibberish.  These idiots reveal themselves, it does not require a stretch of imagination to expose it.  I would not even say much about them except they are so stupid that they will be willing to be used by this evil president and some of the reason for the willingness to be used will be simply based upon race, because he is black.  It is so offensive to me that I merely return the favor of the offense with truth.

  • landofaahs

    By the way, I don’t care how much they make as long as I don’t have to bankroll it.

  • landofaahs

    The players are in charge of what public service announcements they endorse, not the league. If you think it is speculation of Obama and the NBA, then lets see if the NBA has ads supporting people getting on obamacare. If they do, that is proof.
    I will not trust you that these people are literate. Have you ever listened to the vast interviews with these people. If you think that is literacy it is proof you are either smoking some bad stuff or you suffered from a bad public education yourself. Quit making excuses for their behavior. You can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man. That goes for any color of human being not just blacks. Just look at the lottery. Frankly I have wasted too much valuable time on your racist diatribe. I have economic data to research.

  • landofaahs

    So if found out I am black, what would you say?

  • Anonymous

    The NBA is mostly Blacks and this means they can be easily influenced to support a person like Obama based on skin color, Obamacare will not affect there healthcare because they can afford any thing that happens to them, NBA players are like congressional people they will not be affected by Obamacare. They could care less about who is affected when they aren’t. Obama and his propaganda machine are using the NBA and the liberal worthless media will put the message out to the low informed public

  • madman

    I can’t stand him or most of the NBA so if LBJ does this I will really wish him ill.

  • americanathlete

     Nazicare is exactly what it is. I wish Dingle-Barry would take his oh-so-gorgeous wife and go back to Kenya where they belong–freakin’ communists!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I can live with your post here. Peace and laus deo.

  • Anonymous

    I was responding to his stereotype, I am well aware of this. Lebron James went to a damn good high school in Cleveland.
    I was also responding to his comment that athletes blow all their money on that stuff, more often, and its a big problem in the NFL that they are trying to deal with, the money goes towards cars and houses and stuff and they just don’t have the knowledge of how to plan long term and their agents and “friends” do them a great disservice. ESPN has a great 30 for 30 doc about it.

    I was more focused on disproving his stereotypes and showing that those who fit his stereotype aren’t as bad as he would make them seem.

  • Anonymous

    but its not true.

  • Anonymous

    don’t waste your money on sunscreen

  • Anonymous

    You can definitely overcome your socioeconomic background, its difficult but it can be done if anyone bothers to teach you how to manage your money like the NFL is now doing with their new rookies. You can be literate and talk a certain way that doesn’t sound normal to people not from the same area. If they’re not literate then they couldn’t all be on twitter, negotiate contracts, and read scouting reports.

  • landofaahs

    So by your statement, I cannot  get their report car.  Can You?  If not, then how can you make your anal statement?

  • landofaahs

    Obama is a thug Chicago, muslim,socialist evi, baby killer supporter.  He is proof that elevating you beyond your moral and intellectual abilities is dangerous.
    Liberals have this notion that if people are given equal ”Stuff” then they will act like everyone else.  What BS.  Garbage in, garbage out. 

  • landofaahs

    Obama the Trojan horse muslim bent on the destruction of American liberty, will use any tactic, be it crony capitalism, his support for  Islamic botherhood, social justice(just us), or anything else to destroy our country.  He is evil and the enemy of American Independence and freedom. …Act accordingly. 

  • Anonymous

     Let’s try a different approach, landofaahs … when you used the term “ghetto thugs” in your comment above, to whom precisely were you referring? And why did you choose to use that inflammatory term? Were you really, honestly not aware that “ghetto thug” is often used in a racially demeaning fashion? And even if we were to grant your pseudo-defense about basketball players often coming from the ghetto (which I don’t buy for a second) — where does “thug” come into it?

  • landofaahs

    It is true you moron. Your stupid statement has just rendered your whole belief system ignorant.

  • Take 2

    (Teacher) little johnny “Gestapo”:

    Well, German state secret police during the Nazi regime, organized in 1933 and notorious for its brutal methods and operations.
    (Teacher) But this is America.
    (Johnny) Why would Obama be Spying or be brutal?
    (Johnny) OR have 153 meeting’s discussing brutal tactics that wreck peoples lives seems retrovirus…
    (Teacher) do you mean treacherous johnny…
    (Johnny) yes, mam… I mean, using the federal secrete policing (Obama regime) in 2012 reelection was brutal methods and obviously secrete with 153 unrecorded meeting’s.
    (Teacher) well it was an egg roll / hunt…! The President would never have 153 secrete meeting’s with the most notorious and most brutal policing force known to man.
    (Johnny) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! ker plunk!

    (Rod Serling) little Johnny never mad it to Homeroom today or any room for that matter. Confused over egg rolls or hunts…The little student disappeared with the key to the door a secrete an egg and the brutish reality of The Twilight Zone.

  • Anonymous

    The burden of proof is on you. You started the stereotype. I don’t need the report cards to prove the credibility of my stance, you do.

  • Anonymous

    YOU DON’T have to bankroll shit, and nobody wants your money anyways.  Ticket sales and jersey sales are how players get paid.

  • bucketnutz

    Obamacare and Popeye’s chicken are top advertisers for NBA games….Say What?

  • landofaahs

    I was not able to reply on your other post so I will pound you here.  I don’t need to prove anything especially when everyone with brains already know it.  How many retired football or basketball players pick up their law degree or doctors license and start up practice?  I hope you can eat your sports when the economic crash comes.

  • Anonymous

     I couldn’t actually respond to this comment but here it is “Obama is a thug Chicago, muslim,socialist evi, baby killer supporter. 
    He is proof that elevating you beyond your moral and intellectual
    abilities is dangerous.
    Liberals have this notion that if people are
    given equal ”Stuff” then they will act like everyone else.  What BS. 
    Garbage in, garbage out. ”
    see now that is actually very clearly some racist shit, maybe not specific about which race etc but you are clearly saying that it is a genetic, or in their nature that makes poor/inner city/ what you might call thugs be poor/inner city/ thugs.  Maybe it isn’t racist b/c you aren’t saying one race is better than another, but its the same damn concept applied differently, “i am inherently better than them, they are bad b/c they were born that way and they can’t overcome it.”  Science and geneticists would vehemently disagree with you there.

  • Anonymous

    actually that’s also not true on a number of levels. the most obvious one being that one stupid statement wouldn’t render an entire belief system ignorant. if such was the case we’re all ignorant b/c everyone has made a stupid statement. and its also like saying a person fails a test for getting one answer wrong, that’s not the case.

    Also what I said was true. You’re belief system seems to be the one that recklessly applies broad sweeping generalizations to condemn entire groups of people. That would generally be considered at the very least ignorant, at its worst bigoted, of course all bigotry truly stems from stubborn ignorance.

  • Anonymous

     he spent the first nine years of his life on the dole, after that he lived with a better off family.
    that and he owes us nothing.  The return on the money is from bettering the general population and increasing productivity. 

  • Anonymous

     preseason game, probably was never going to go in as general procedure.  You don’t want to risk injury and you’re trying to figure out the roster spots that aren’t set in stone, ie not lebron.  Its not uncommon for players to warm up and stuff during games even if they aren’t getting in.  Either way, that’s a coaching decision..

  • Anonymous

    Why are you pounding me at all? For some reason you have a hatred for professional athletes even though none of them has every done anything bad to you. Confront this hatred or hold onto it, I don’t care. Take a deep breath.

  • Anonymous

    I would bet my life that they are exempt also!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    Hello Mr. Fisher! I guess you live here in the US, right? Mr. James is the best basketball player currently on the planet. He is an ambassador for the good things America is and he comes from a humble background. We might not like the way he did things on regards to his basketball career, but he is becoming a role model for many youth and he is an achiever (something the conservatives likes to brag about). Plus, if Obamacare really was a Nazicare system like you called, we will have Universal Health Care and we are not even close to that . . . Obamacare has the support of most or maybe all private insurance companies because they mean business and business means dollars and dollars come when more Americans are in on the exchanges (private insurance pots). Educate yourself the AHCA is far for being a NaziCare system, fool!

  • Anonymous

    type slower or read your op-ed before hitting send. incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    U might find some black athletes that are smarter that you, punk . . . show me your diploma or degree from college and then we talk . . . Breake out of bubble stupid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    So, what’s your point? U sound like a KKK leader trying to demostrate why whites are smarter than anybody else . . . I hope you get offended, that was my goal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    U a guetto Patriot sir. That’s why you and your conservative movement keeps losing elections and losing followers every year. Because you guys are bullies and haters and America don’t like bullies and haters. Got it?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    The Nazi wanted the same thing for their health care system as you guys did and yes I think forcing someone to buy something they do not want is fascist and hard on the poor so kiss my rear leftard.