FOURTH AND LONG: NFL Punts on Promoting ObamaCare Push
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The National Football League appears to be bucking the Obama administration’s request to help promote the health care overhaul, as Republican lawmakers pressure all the major sports leagues not to get involved in the effort.
An NFL spokesman told The Washington Post overnight that the league has “no plans to engage in this area and (has) had no substantive contact with the administration” about the implementation.
Earlier in the week, Health and Human Services Department officials said they were talking to the NFL, NBA and others about possible advertising campaigns, in the run-up to the launch of a key part of the health care law.
But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Friday wrote to the heads of six professional sports organizations urging them not to take the bait.