“Marylanders actually want insurance,” said Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. “They fully appreciate the value of health coverage. They know they need it to protect them in emergencies, protect them from the financial burden of health costs, provide them the preventive care they need and to offer peace of mind for themselves and their families.”
The Obama administration’s efforts to team with the NFL flopped this summer after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn warned the league that promoting Obamacare would damage its reputation.
“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of this bill, 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,” they wrote NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, who made his money with staffing firm Allegis Group, keeps a low political profile. He and wife Renee have donated mainly to Republicans in recent years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending. But Bisciotti has also given to Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. Ravens President Richard Cass and wife Heather, on the other hand, give mainly to Democrats, according to the center.
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Tue, Sep 3 2013