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NFL Players Used WH Script To Promote O-Care

From the Washington Free Beacon:

White House Writes NFL Players’ Pro-Obamacare Tweets

By Lachlan Markay | February 3, 2014

Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league’s players union.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo earned a retweet from the White House after telling his followers, “don’t forget you can affordable [sic] healthcare at healthcare.gov.”

The White House is always quick to reward achievement.

That was the last in a series of tweets composed by Ayanbadejo about Healthcare.gov. Other messages were more grammatical, containing language copied directly from an email sent by Kyle Lierman, a liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, that encouraged players to promote Obamacare in the runup to the big game.

“Football fans, hope you’re getting ready for Super Bowl XLVIII, don’t forget you can #getcovered at healthcare.gov,” the Ravens linebacker tweeted earlier in the evening. That language was included word-for-word in Lierman’s email to a representative at the NFL Players Association on Sunday suggesting “some thoughts on what players could tweet.”

“They can definitely change these up or put their own spin on these,” Lierman said in the email, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon on Monday.

Many, though, did not significantly change the suggested language. Ayanbadejo sent three tweets, all of which copied Lierman’s suggested language with the exception of the typo in the last tweet.

The Ravens received a $130,000 contract from Maryland Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare exchange, last year to promote Obamacare…

And never mind that Maryland’s Obama-Care exchange is one of the most screwed up of all the state exchanges. (Which are even more screwed up than the federal Obama-Care exchange.) Their website crashed on its first day of operation, and it has been plagued with problems that have made it nearly impossible for Marylanders to sign up.

As of Jan. 25th, officials say, 26,832 Marylanders had enrolled in private plans, which is far short of the goal to enroll at least 180,000 by March 31st.

After Ayanbadejo’s first two tweets, he paused to express his hope that, “one day in the near future there will be medicinal marijuana coverage for pain management,social anxiety&other medical benefits.”

Yep, that should sure sounds like a White House talking point to us.

His third effort received a White House retweet, pursuant to assurances in Lierman’s email. “When folks tweet this out if they or you email me with their handle I can flag it for the @whitehouse and our other twitter handles to be retweeted, etc.,” he wrote.

Ayanbadejo’s tweet was the only one to be amplified by the official White House twitter account, but other players also repeated, verbatim or nearly so, Lierman’s suggested language.

“Football fans, hope you’re getting ready for Super Bowl XLVIII, don’t forget you can #getcovered at healthcare.gov,” tweeted former wide receiver and confessed killer Donte Stallworth. Stallworth also included the hashtag “RockEnroll,” which he credited to the Center for American Progress Action Fund and its campaigns director, Emily Tisch Sussman.

Stallworth, who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2009, recently joined the CAP Action Fund for a pro-Obamacare “flash mob” in New York City and promoted the effort in an MSNBC appearance with Sussman…

NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, who has represented Stallworth and Ayanbadejo, also tweeted a pro-Obamacare message that copied language directly from Lierman’s email. Former NFL defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, a former Rosenhaus client, also used Lierman’s suggested language.

We’re not so sure what’s so shocking about this. During the salad days of the Soviet Union their athletes and teams were ordered to promote the agenda of the regime. And that still holds true in garden spots like North Korea.

So what’s the problem?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NFL Players Used WH Script To Promote O-Care”

  1. imnewatthis

    So disgusting. But not surprising.

  2. Astravogel

    Reminds one of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and
    the fact that a lie told often enough becomes the truth.

  3. Amazing that a football player being able to cut and paste is newsworthy. They really don’t think much of modern athletes do they? I would like to have seen them leave the messages up to the individual players. THAT might have been newsworthy.

  4. canary

    …like a thief in the night. Fools fooling millions to believe something still broke has been fixed.




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