This morning on "Fox & Friends," co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck complained that the NFL's Baltimore Ravens are going to help promote Maryland's health insurance exchange so that uninsured people can sign up for health coverage via Obamacare.
Of course, there's nothing illegal about the Ravens promoting Obamacare or any other government program, but Hasselbeck and Kilmeade were steaming, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
"The Ravens have gone outside the NFL, as Super Bowl champions, and have said, on the urging of their governor, 'We'll take the $130K check to help you Mr. President, the White House, sell Obamacare to the fans of football,'" lamented Kilmeade.
"Rand Paul said something last, 'Why does it have to be sold so hard if it's so good, why the full court press right now,'" wondered Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck then mentioned how well the NFL promoted breast cancer awareness, but failed to question why breast cancer awareness had to be "sold so hard if it's so good."
"They know the marketing machine that is the National Football League," said Hasselbeck. "And they understand how even breast cancer was brought to the front lines of what we're talking about in donations and money through the NFL."
Hasselbeck then claimed the Obama administration was trying to "break" NFL teams such as the Ravens to force them to support health care for Americans.
"And so they figure, 'OK, instead of doing a national sweep, which they're doing with health care, we're going to go team to team and see how many we can break,'" said Hasselbeck. "And the Baltimore Ravens were the first to cave. I thought they had a good defense."
However, Hasselbeck failed to mention the Raven's past promotion of Maryland's 2008 Medicaid expansion to help Marylanders in need of health care.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The Baltimore Ravens have previously been involved in promoting Maryland health efforts including a 2008 expansion of Medicaid. Research conducted for the state suggests 71% of uninsured people watched, attended or listened to a Baltimore Ravens game in the past 12 months. About 800,000,or 14% of the state's population of 5.8 million, is uninsured. The state is also partnering with the drug-store chain CVS Inc. and regional grocery store Giant Food, a unit of Ahold NV.
Hasselbeck also gave a free pass to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) who partnered his state government with the Boston Red Sox to promote his state's health care program.
The Boston Globe reported, "The team was instrumental in getting young uninsured fans to sign up for coverage under the 2006 law."