On Friday, the NFL indicated that the league had no desire to help the Obama administration sell and implement Obamacare this fall.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy emailed the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein to say the NFL had no plans to help promote Obamacare:
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.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello emailed the Washington Post the same statement.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had said this week the Obama administration was looking to partner with professional sports leagues to market Obamacare exchanges this fall to sell the unpopular healthcare law to the public.
The NFL’s statement comes hours after the two top ranking Republicans in the Senate–Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Republican Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)–wrote a letter to six major professional sports leagues urging them not to feel threatened or pressured into supporting Obamacare.