GOP to sports leagues: Don’t play with ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s Republican leader is telling major league sports: Don’t play with “Obamacare.”

Following news that the administration has approached the NFL and other sports leagues to help promote new insurance coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, Sen. Mitch McConnell fired off a letter Friday crying foul.

The Kentucky Republican wrote that leagues risk damaging their inclusive and apolitical brand and could be seen as taking sides in a highly polarized debate,.

The letter went to the NFL, MLB, the NBA, the NHL, the PGA and NASCAR.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said this week the administration is talking with the NFL and other groups to help promote the benefits of health insurance.

Uninsured people can start signing up Oct. 1 under the health care law.

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