GOP Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn sent a a stern letter to the nation’s six top professional sports leagues last week, warning them not to support or help publicize an important national health care initiative that has already affected and helped millions of Americans. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, more familiarly known to the Tea Party and the GOP as Obamacare.
The letters sent to the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Professional Golf Association and warns the organizations that the new law is the “most divisive and polarizing political issue of our day.” It further warns that “given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the health care [law], it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion.”
As of this writing the only organization listed above that has caved into McConnells and Cornyns demands is the National Football League who have said they will not promote enrollment in health insurance plans under the new health care law, a spokesman announced today. All other professional sports organizations have remained silent.
McConnell who is up for re-election this year in Kentucky is using the repeal of “Obamacare” as a platform for re-election despite the fact that his state is one of the poorest in the country with the most uninsured per capita and whose constitutes would benefit greatly from health care coverage.