The folks on the losing end of the healthcare law are doing their best to make sure that no one finds out about it.
The top two Republicans in the Senate released letters Friday urging the commissioners of the National Football League and other major sports leagues not to promote the 2010 health care overhaul law.
“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the bill, it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to a promotion,” wrote Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas in the letters, which were dated Thursday.
The letters follows reporting of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying the NFL is involved in efforts to promote the health insurance exchanges established by the new law.
In the letters to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA and NASCAR, the two senators also ask the leagues to notify them if anyone in the Obama administration exerts undue pressure to get them to support any pro-health care law marketing efforts.
“We have long been concerned by the Obama Administration’s record of using the threat of policy retaliation to solicit support for its policies or to silence its critics,” the two wrote.
Well, for one thing, Senators, it’s not a “bill,” it’s the law. Second, it’s pretty ironic that Mitch McConnell, who just a couple of weeks ago poked his head up from his carapace to complain about the Obama administration’s “culture of intimidation,” would send this threat to the major sports leagues.
The other point is that the Republicans don’t want Obamacare to succeed; not because it’s a good or a bad law but because it exists. It has nothing whatsoever to do with how it may touch the people who need healthcare. They hate it because they lost and they can’t stand the idea that Barack Obama got it passed. To them that’s all that matters.