Will the NFL promote Obamacare?

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Last week, Glenn shared a Politico story that reported the NBA had been approached by the Obama administration to help promote and raise awareness for the Affordable Care Act. This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is looking for more support, this time from the NFL.

From the beginning, Glenn has said that the NBA would agree to promote Obamacare under the guise of raising public awareness. In reality, Glenn believes the NBA is less interested in public health and more interested in the federal dollars and special favors the league and team owners would most likely enjoy in exchange for their support.

“And it’s bad enough with the NBA. Now it gets even worse because this is getting into almost sacred territory. Now you’re talking about NFL,” Pat said. “They’re also trying this with the NFL. They are in talks apparently, Kathleen Sebelius, our HHS secretary, is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under the universal healthcare system.”

It is well documented that when it comes to sports, Glenn is uninterested at best. But Pat and Stu are both big sports fans and, more importantly, huge NFL fans.

“That is a real problem,” Pat said. “I mean, that creates quite a dilemma because I’m pretty much in love with the NFL. Far more than the NBA.”

“And this is why they will do it,” Glenn said. “Because if you’re so dead set against [the ads], are you going to stop watching the NFL?”

Remarkably, Pat said he would stop watching the NFL if they chose to promote Obamacare. “I will,” he said. “I love it, but I can live without it. I didn’t think I could live without playing video games, but I’ve been fine since giving it up.”

Sebelius and the HHS know that the captive audience an NBA or NFL game provides would be far larger than any other marketing campaign could reach. Furthermore, the demographic watching a basketball or football game (largely 18 to 35-year-olds) perfectly aligns with the very demographic the government needs to opt-in to the Obamacare exchanges in order for the system to work.

“This is the quote from TIME Magazine,” Stu said. “’The exchanges need 2.7 million 18 to 35 year olds sign up. If too few choose to enroll, the exchanges will fail and so will the law.’ That’s why they are going after the NBA and the NFL. They are getting young people that don’t need this insurance, by the way. The vast majority of them will be wasting money on it.”

“I wonder how many people will really take a strong stand,” Pat said. “If the NFL gets in bed with this administration and starts promoting something they vehemently disagree with, will you still watch the NFL every Sunday, Monday, Thursday?”

While Pat was steadfast in his decision to boycott the NFL should it choose to get involved in promoting Obamacare, Stu wasn’t so sure.

“I will continue to watch,” Stu said. “I can’t stand this law and I will be infuriated if they promote it. However, I will say that [the NFL does] a lot of things I don’t like, including all sorts of crazy green propaganda that drives me crazy.”

“Right. And you just keep taking it,” Glenn questioned.

“Well, you know, I mean, you go to movies where the actors are out there promoting this crap all the time,” Stu concluded. “You deal with businesses all the time that disagree with you politically.”

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

    Will they?

    Sadly yes they will cave into the demands of the administration; consider how much pressure from the mere threat of an IRS witch-hunt and media smear-campaign can bring against them if they refuse.

    Obama will ensure their compliance, or their destruction if they dare to challenge the insane one in the White House.

  • landofaahs

    I hope the losers who have to live vicariously through their sports hero’s have to pay out the nose for their health care.  That will leave less money to pay for the overpriced tickets, shirts, shoes etc.  Pay through your noses you losers. )

  • landofaahs

    Now if we could just get the VAT (Value Added Tax), then all the things the poor people buy will go through the roof.  The poor ain’t poor enough I guess.  I guess if you don’t learn the easy way, you have to learn the hard way.  The poor will pay for generations for believing the likes of Obama and the rest of the liberals.

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    I
    hope the losers who have to live vicariously through their sports
    hero’s have to pay out the nose for their health care.  That will leave
    less money to pay for the overpriced tickets, shirts, shoes etc.  Pay
    through your noses you losers. )

  • landofaahs

    Time to make them play without helmets.  What harm can it do?  Ain’t no brains to hurt their anyway. 

  • landofaahs

    Nyet Ruskie.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    This country can afford to spy on everyone in the world but poor mouths when it comes to protecting families from illness.

  • landofaahs

    Can’t trust anything where convicts are calling the game where people are tossing around a punkin’.  Time for another Big orange Andy. ,)

  • Paula Middleton

    Really! Isn’t the NFL basically a business. Wow, their fans can either buy tickets or healthcare…  Which one should a good business person support? They would have to get a LOT of money from the government, i.e. all of us, to make such a long term financially destructive choice.

  • landofaahs

    Obamacare.  It’s like a tied game that needs a winner;  Sudden Death.

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

    U and others will still watch the NFL and the NBA. So, stop the non-sense!

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

    So, you saying that OUR Govt. cannot use the network capabilities of professional sport leagues to bring more info to our citizens about their health care choices?? Its call marketing and communication moron! Its what all private entities and non-profits do to share detailed info or inform the people. But, because it is Obamacare, and not Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield or any other powerful insurance company is now bad?? C’mom leopard . . . what world do you live in??

  • MJK

    I have always been a big NFL fan, but I’ll watch NCAA Football on Saturdays as I do now  and play golf on Sundays.  I will not patronize any organization that endorses the F&*ked Up Care Plan.  Who knows, maybe they are going to be exempt, or get special Income Tax deductions. 

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

    Its the LAW of land . . . suck it up dude and stop complaining.

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

    American Corporations gets plenty of tax breaks, so what;s your point?? What OUR Govt is doing has been done already in Massachusetts and NO ONE is complaining. Its call networking, marketing, public communication . . . moron!! U don’t have to listen or watch it if don’t want it. Its a free country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.thompson.3139 Larry Thompson

    You are wrong.  I will never watch or support any orgnization that promotes the bankruptcy of my kids and grandkids an great gradkids.  I guess you are for the destruction of this country.  That makes you evil and ignoant too!

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

    Stu said it all. FINALLY!
    Conservatives need to learn to deal with businesses that completely disagree with their political views and that’s OK. No one is going to die. Its call free choice not to watch the NFL or just watch the games and change the channel when Obamacare ads come out. That simple!!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry – if the NFL buys into this crap I’m done with it…

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

    Am sure you know what marketing and public communication means, so if u still think like an uneducated person just because u hate Obamacare I feel sorry for you. Its the Law of the Land, there are still 20-25 million people still without health care insurance in this country and WE gonna fix this. So, enjoy the ride cause I’ll be watching the NFL and the NBA as well. Its America, a free country, and you have your choice not to watch it. I might be evil, but not a Christian in name only, PEACE and LOVE!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marty.kilroy Marty Kilroy

    I don’t understand why anyone watches professional sports anymore.  Get excited and support your local high school and college teams where the players play for the love of the game.

  • Ed McQueen

    Start following COLLEGE FOOTBALL, the excitement and history is more than an adequate subsititute for the NFL RTR 16!

  • Anonymous

    The NFL and Marco Rubio go hand in hand for selling us out! I will never support the league again if this is what they are all about!

  • Anonymous

    why not? most nfl players are as dumb as the low information voters who voted for this african marxist, and as far as the nba? thug league i wouldn’t expect anything less from them to support berry

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1258317909 Carol Skinner

    Let the NFL Commission know what you think about our national sports getting political and sponsoring government propaganda for money (revenue sharing).
    e-mail:

    roger.goodell@nfl.com

  • Anonymous

    IT IS ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL THAT SEBELIUS WOULD USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO ADVERTISE ON THE NFL.

    FOOTBALL IS SACRED.  OBAMACARE AND FOOTBALL ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE.  IT SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME AS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

    THEY CRAMMED THIS POS LEGISLATION DOWN OUR THROATS AND PASSED IT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.  MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT WANT IT.  YET THEY NOW WANT TO KEEP CRAMMING IT DOWN OUR THROATS DURING FOOTBALL NO LESS.

    NO WAY, NO HOW, THIS CANNOT HAPPEN.

    NOT TO MENTION, SEBELIUS AND HEALTHCARE ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE.  SHE’S ALL ABOUT KILLING UNBORN CHILDREN AND THIS BILL WILL ONLY GIVE HER AND THE GOVT. MORE POWER TO DECIDE WHO LIVES AND DIES. THIS IS AN EVIL BILL THAT SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR BELOVED FOOTBALL.

    NO WAY, NO HOW.

  • Anonymous

    WRONG … HAVE TO SEND A MESSAGE.  KEEP THIS POS LEGISLATION AWAY FROM OUR BELOVED FOOTBALL.

  • J Nelson

    I just don’t understand why the NFL would help promote something that maybe only 5% of their organization would have for their kids. None of the NFL players, coaches and high earners will have to do Obamacare because they can afford BETTER INSURANCE so it’s the epitome of hypocrisy if they do.

  • Anonymous

    who’s uneducated … you sound like one of the “uninformed voters” ….

    “We’s gonna fix this”.  Really?  You and who else.  All this is is more Govt control …. and it’s killing jobs that your president says he’s so concerned about affecting the middle class.  He’s killing the middle class.  

    No tours at the White House, but O and his family are on safari at a price of $6M.  You are not only uneducated, you are a fool.

  • hometime

    I quit watching Major League Baseball when they went on strike. I do not miss it, nor will I miss the NFL if they give in to the POS.

  • Anonymous

    Fool.  We’re already paying out the nose for all the Obama freebies in return for votes programs.

  • Anonymous

    They passed it behind closed doors … your party is full of corruption.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not about the game as much as it is …. what’s left that the Govt has not infiltrated?!  Use your brain cells.

  • Anonymous

    Hollywood, Government, and those with money are all in each others pockets.  They’re all greasing each others palms.  It’s people in the middle class who are getting bamboozled.

  • Anonymous

     Yep and businesses with 50 or more employees are gonna be hit hard. 

  • Anonymous

     The question is how do you NOT see that universal healthcare is coming.  That will mean less choice.

  • Anonymous

     No one is complaining in Mass?  Do you know how many hospitals are getting screwed from Medicare for reimbursements?  Look it up!

  • Anonymous

    Obama care is just the first step to Total Govt. control, then energy, farming, banking, internet, etc. It’s Amazing how all those Illegals, socialist, liberals want to turn America into the same Countries that they All came to America to get away from. America was the place to come to because of it’s wealth. That wealth was created because we Work, save, invest. Now, they think that they can just get all the money here by just signing up for Welfare. Unfortunately, Govt is creating a society of Rich and Poor. No more middle class, and soon to be a 25% unemployment rate. Where’s the welfare money going to come from? Those Rich people aren’t going to Give you Their money, and there will be nobody else to take it from. So, if you are poor, need surgery, forget it and buy a casket. Obama care will be broke too. Learn to live in the streets, beg for food, kiss the govt’s. ass.. This is what Amnesty will bring to the new Illegals. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    If the sports bunch goes for this crap I just hope they all go flat broke. who needs this overpaid  inconsequential crap wasting time and space on the TV every stinking day?. Enough already

  • MJK

    Pachy, 

    Go check.  I think your welfare check just arrived.  

  • Anonymous

    If the NFL promotes Obamacare my TV  will be tuned to something else

  • Anonymous

    I learned today that the servers at Bob Evans Restaurants working over 30 hours have been cut back to 29 hours to stay under the threshold of Obamacare. They shared that now it will be necessary for them to look for a second job to not only make ends meet, but to pay for their own purchase of health care. Just another nail in the USA coffin preparing it for burial. 

  • Guest

    Remember when Beck expressed regret for being so divisive?

    http://www.latinospost.com/articles/20981/20130608/glenn-beck-apologizes-america-divisive-politics-legitimate-regret-part-comeback.htm

    Don’t worry, neither does he.

  • Guest

    That’s exactly the hateful ideals that Mr. Beck promotes.

  • mudslide

    Will the NFL endorse it?
    Well if they do, I hope they buck the trend and at least READ what they’re endorsing!

  • Anonymous

    Why would anyone make their healthcare choices based on something promoted by someone who associates with over-paid men that still play games from their childhood, abuse their bodies, ruin their health, and have poor reputations in general for lying, cheating and using illegal drugs?
    Use your common sense people!

  • Anonymous

    These pro’s get on board with this 40yr old fan goes away , It just means they are soft not physically but for the dirty money and dirty trick being played on AMERICAN’S.
    Trust me I’m a fan that will walk SpongeBob is always on some channel !

  • Anonymous

    It’s ok it just means that more people will see you at the jerkoff championship
    RIGHT you should be excited!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t watch the NBA, I do watch the NFL, but with the sound off.  I listen to radio while I watch the game.  I’m a multi-tasker.  I only turn the sound up when the ref is making a call.  Thus, I won’t be hearing the Obamacare commercials.  I might see a moron flapping their lips, but I can always hit the remote if it annoys me and tune into a rerun of NCIS on USA for a few minutes, then flip back to the NFL.

  • Anonymous

    If they don’t cooperate, they’ll be regulated into submission. That’s Obama’s way around America’s checks and balances via three branches of gov. He doesn’t feel the rule of law applies to his administration.

    Concussion regulations are just the tip of the iceberg. For example, look at the coal industry’s death by regulation.

  • Anonymous

    Oh brother.  Don’t you know Christians can’t be Democrats?  Read Why Christians Can’t Be Democrats by Michael DeLance Thomas.  It will open your eyes.  Short, great read and makes a whole lot of sense!

  • Anonymous

    ““Well, you know, I mean, you go to movies where the actors are out there promoting this crap all the time,” Stu concluded. “You deal with businesses all the time that disagree with you politically.”

    Exactly. 
    Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Amazon… ALL support liberal causes. (For example, both Apple and Microsoft have donated millions to supporting gay marriage), but are conservatives going to throw their computers away?
    And then there’s McDonalds, Walgreens, GE, Coca-Cola, Arbys, Kraft, Pepsi, Disney, etc. etc…all which Michelle Malkin and other conservatives have called for a boycott of….

    But good luck trying to boycott all companies that support progressive causes.  

  • Anonymous

    I can’t imagine seeing the NFL or NBA signing up for Obamacare.  Do they have special doctors with trainers to take care of all their issues?  Why in this world would they want that?  I don’t understand it.  The unions don’t even want it now.  I think, that all of Government should have to sign up for the same Obamacare, that they are trying to shove down everyones throats.  See how they would like that.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Patchy,  you might be free right now to watch it, but you won’t be when everything kicks in.  They don’t care who are what you are you will be made to do as they say not as you want to do.  Therefore, you won’t have mind enough to make a decision on your own without the help from Obamacare.  They will make your decisions for you after all that is what a Communist country is all about, mindless people.  I thank God I won’t be here, I am going up.  I’ll pray for you, though to maybe change your ways.

  • Anonymous

    If you are talking about the Obama’s taking another vacation, or going to his home it is not $6M it is $100M. of our tax dollars.  He better enjoy it while he can, his ride is fixing to come to a halt where there isn’t anymore money.

  • landofaahs

    That statement just showed you to be a liar.  My TV is only for watching old movies.  I cut the direct TV off over a year ago.  I never watched it much though.  I could not even tell you who won the last Super bowl nor do I care. I’m too busy making money and enjoying good things in life.  Your life must truly be empty if sports means that much to you.  Time is the most valuable commodity we have and I refuse to spend my time watching people acting like primates hanging off hoops and dancing like bunnies.  UB loser.  LOL

  • landofaahs

    They’re losers.  Only idiots get off watching people beat their chest and swing like primates.  The elite rich that are not owners actually laugh at people who waste their time watching the boob tube.  I know because I’ve heard their disdain for the common man.  If people actually heard what these power hungry control freaks said about people, they may change their tune.  But they will be expendable and easily so.

  • landofaahs

    Your foul cursing mouth revealed your unchristian heart.

  • landofaahs

    No.  I’d rather change the law and the majority feels the same way.  Obama care is not popular.

  • landofaahs

    Wait until the collapse begins.  It’s starting right now even though dummies like you can’t see it.  It’s coming and nothing will stop it and it can only be postponed a bit.  I feel sorry for people like you, but you would not listen so you must pay the price just like those who would not listen in the days of Noah.  That is until the rain began to fall. 

  • landofaahs

    Getting rid of the TV has been so liberating.  I get so much done. 

  • landofaahs

    What hateful ideas?  Being against killing babies in the womb?  Or is it your sexual deviancy?

  • landofaahs

    LOl. So is illegal immigration retard.  But I guess a dishonest moron such as you were dumb to see that.  Boy, you really stuck your foot in your mouth with that one..LOL  Suck it up boy.

  • Jeff Noncent

    its getting crazy out there thanks to Obama care

  • Anonymous

    and he is right  -  what business does Sebelius have getting in Bed with those muscle knuckles?  she is a real Ob-whore – all for the holy potus and likes. I knew that was coming when I first heard about her taking over the ob-care thing.
    God give me strength – I hate to hate these people sooo much!!! There is not one I wouldn’t like to spit at! That is how bad they disgust me! Pardon me!

  • Anonymous

    why are you talking about things you know nothing about – jerk! and don’t you worry about me  I am just fine !

  • linda barnett

    There are lots of guys who make a lot of money and do not even pay taxes because they
    Take cash only … getting these guys to provide personal info to the hub system will not
    Work. The dhs wants our medical records, why? The only reason that makes sense is
    So they can label people crazy and take their guns.

  • Anonymous

    Great Tip!  Looked it up on Amazon — read the first 3 pages and bought it::  $10.76 brand new in hard back and I’m looking forward to its arrival

  • Anonymous

    You don’t know the half of it!  My wife and I were posted to Yugoslavia from Nov 66 until Oct 67 when the country was under the iron heel of one of the milder communist governments.  Our apartment was bugged, we were followed everywhere, and we were suspected, by the local police in Sremska Mitrovica (my duty station) of actually being CIA. If you needed bread, you would need to be in line at the market by 5:30 A.M.— or wait until next week. Meat ?  Saturday by 6:30 A.M. or wait until next week (MAYBE)!    What do you think you can expect when the “Progressives” (Think U.S.-Style Communism!) succeed in total “Transformation of The United States” ?    We ALREADY can no longer recognize this country that we grew up in.  I served 22 years  4 months in the US Army — My wife served as a Nurse 3 years at the Army Hospital at Ft Campbell, KY followed by 35 years with the VA Medical Center. Even there, the quality of many of the employees has been affected by the Entitlement Mentality and the Employee Union’s Iron-fisted grip on discipline within the workk force.  Luckily, she was able to retire before it became unliveable!  Both of us are really fearful of the kind of Country that our Nieces and Nephews and THEIR children are going to inherit!  THAT is why WE are in the FIGHT to stop progressiveism.    PLEASE, EVERYBODY;  WAKE UP!  Join “Freedom Works”, find a locl TEA Party or 9-2 Project Organization. This Bloodless Coup, that we are experiencing, will result in “Punishing” democrats, republicans, and independents alike!   

  • Anonymous

    It hasn’t been simple marketing and communication for a long, long time, ntwit!  The only honest thing Eric Holder has ever said was on a 1995 video that is on youtube!  He stated that “We are going to have to brainwash the children to accept he idea that guns are bad”   Google “Eric Holder on Brainwashing Children”  Hear it from the “Horse’s Mouth”.  The same technique is being used by progressives to get people to accept “Global Climate Change”, The U.N.’s Agenda 21, Permanent War, Abortion, and a host of other “Transformations”  Get your head out of your nether-sphincter!  That position causes severe oxygen deprivation which impares your mental acuity!  (Could have said it another way — but, thought it important to elevate the level of this conversation!

  • Anonymous

    Who cursed? And why in God’s name are you all for the lavish Obama vacations, Liberals?  I don’t get it!  Remember when you all were going nuts over Bush’s vacations to his own ranch in TX?  How much did that cost the taxpayers?  Now look at the Obama vacation expenses……call a spade a spade.

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