New documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the state of Maryland paid the Baltimore Ravens $130,000 to promote Obamacare.
More specifically, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange agreed to pay the NFL team $130,000 on September 9. The purpose of the Ravens’ promotion was to bolster Obama’s program on TV, radio, and online — this includes the official Ravens website.
The agreement between the two parties states, “In consideration for the Products and Services provided hereunder, Sponsor shall pay to the Ravens a total of One Hundred Thirty Thousand dollars ($130,000)(the “Fee”) in cash” for television, radio, website, and signage exposure.
Here are the specifics, as outlined in the official contract:
The deal comes as a surprise since the NFL said in June that it would not be promoting Obamacare.
Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL, said, “We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation.”
In a letter to the NFL (also in June), Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn wrote, “Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the health care [law], 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.”
The paid sponsorship is revealed as Obamacare is simultaneously under heavy scrutiny for being fraught with troubles as the system rolls out. In fact, the health exchange glitches are so bad that the White House called them “unacceptable.”
On Monday, a White House official said that Obama “will directly address the technical problems with HealthCare.gov — troubles that he and his team find unacceptable — and discuss the actions he has pushed for to make it easier for consumers to comparison shop and enroll for insurance while work continues around the clock to improve the website.”