I received an email from an organization called MomsRising, an action group dedicated to the betterment of women/mothers and children. (They’ve had petitions/action supporting breastfeeding mothers, paid sick leave, and better nutrition in school, to name a few.) The email was about a petition to the NFL. Reading it, I realized that this story had gone under my NFL news radar.
In a nutshell, the Department of Health and Human Services wants to team up with sports leagues, including the NFL, to promote the new health insurance exchanges that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).
The NFL decided not to pair with the current administration’s efforts, and the league is in its rights to do so. The NFL claims it had no substantial contact with the administration regarding the promotion of health insurance exchanges.
Obviously, the new health care act has been controversial issue, and Republican leaders did not want the NFL to participate in promoting the Obamacare cause. The NFL may not want to engage in such a hot topic issue. The league has gotten some criticism for its breast cancer awareness campaign A Crucial Catch. Some criticisms are fair, such as where does the money really go? But, some are just petty (uh, gawd, players wearing pink). The NFL’s Play 60 has had some criticism from indignant parents and others (don’t tell me how to raise my kid!). Imagine the outcry if the NFL teamed with the current administration.
MomsRising, however, wants the NFL to reconsider. The organization maintains that sports teams have a large influence over the general population, and the information about cheaper alternatives for health care need to be spread. Here is the email the organization sent:
A few days ago, I talked with some wonderful women who work for the National Football League (NFL). They shared what the NFL is doing to try to reduce head injuries among youth and professional players alike. As a lifelong football fan who hopes to see the sport survive and thrive, I was thrilled!
But they can do more to keep their players and fans healthy.
The NFL can play a valuable role in informing their fans about new, affordable health insurance options. MomsRising is urging the NFL to join us—thousands of moms, dads, and caregivers who care about the health of our communities and are pledging to help families get health coverage they can afford.
Please sign our invitation to the NFL asking them to join MomsRising and help families get health coverage:
Next week, MomsRising members will personally deliver this invitation with your signatures to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in NYC. More than 5,000 people have already signed our open invitation—and we can double this! The more signatures we have, the stronger our invitation will be.
Why the NFL? Sports leagues like the NFL can help reach millions of people who don’t know about new health insurance options. Among the NFL’s estimated 20 million viewers and fans are millions of people who will be eligible for coverage at up to 50% off! All we need to do is tell them about it.
Sports teams are great at spreading the word. When Mitt Romney was governor, his administration enlisted the help of the Boston Red Sox to spread the word about Massachusetts’ health insurance program. And the Bush administration worked with sports teams to spread the word about the Medicare Part D benefit changes.
And now we need the NFL to do the same and share great news about new health coverage options for families. In the last few weeks, we’ve learned that in some states individual health insurance policies available beginning October 1st will be up to 50% less expensive through the new health insurance marketplaces established through ObamaCare. [2,3]
Urge the NFL to join MomsRising’s efforts to connect families to more affordable health coverage today:
If moms and dads can commit to spreading the word about health insurance for our communities, so can the NFL!
Together, we are a powerful force for women and their families,
- Ashley, Angelique, Nina, Felicia, Angelique and the whole MomsRising.org team
P.S. Show the NFL that moms and caregivers are behind them—join the Wellness Wonder Team yourself now! http://action.momsrising.org/go/3256?t=10&akid=4502.287880.BraDP1
 “The Red Sox, the Phillies, and Obamacare,” Philly.com, May 24, 2013.
 “Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%,” The New York Times, July 16, 2013.
 “Maryland Shows Obamacare Can Be Affordable,” The Baltimore Sun, July 29, 2013.