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LVRJ: Heller derides use of athletes, celebrities to sell Obamacare (Washington, D.C.) – In an article posted yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal highlights U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R-NV) speech about the negative effects of Obamacare. Las Vegas Review-Journal Heller derides use of athletes, celebrities to sell Obamacare By: Steve Tetreault July 25, 2013 WASHINGTON — Sen. Dean Heller said Thursday that athletes and “Hollywood celebrities” being recruited to promote the new health care law are little different from those who once used their fame to sell cigarettes to unsuspecting consumers. In the latest Republican attack on “Obamacare,” the Nevadan charged the White House was seeking out movie, TV and sports personalities “to push a bill that many Americans do not support.” “That tactic has been used before,” Heller said in a Senate speech. “In the 1950s and 1960s, Hollywood and some athletes were used to sell and glamorize tobacco products. “Today, Hollywood and some athletes are being used to peddle the Affordable Care Act, perhaps to make up for past sins,” he said. Tobacco products have since been found to cause cancer. The criticism comes as the Obama administration has reached out to professional sports leagues and movie and television stars to help persuade young people to enroll in health care insurance pools that will become available on Oct. 1. Health care premiums to be paid by younger people, who generally are more healthy, are seen as key to help pay to take care of sicker people under the law that Congress passed in 2010 and that is being implemented in pieces. Actors Amy Poehler and Michael Cera, singers Jason Derulo and Jennifer Hudson and several high-profile behind-the-camera figures were among those at a White House meeting on Monday for a health care session. In June, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration had asked the National Football League and Major League Baseball to help implement the law. The NFL withdrew from the discussions following a warning from Senate Republicans that participating would “risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand.” In his speech, Heller also criticized the law’s embrace of health care “navigators,” whose job would be to help individuals understand and choose among various insurance plans available under the law. The administration has announced $54 million in grants are available to states to provide navigator services. Heller said the navigators would “push people” to enroll in the program. bit.ly/14b77nt Follow Senator Heller on Facebook On Twitter @SenDeanHeller And on YouTube *If you are no longer interested in receiving updates, please do not respond to this email, as it is an unattended e-mail address. Please click the link below if you would like to be removed from future e-mails.
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LVRJ: Heller derides use of athletes, celebrities to sell Obamacare

(Washington, D.C.) – In an article posted yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal highlights U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R-NV) speech about the negative effects of Obamacare.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Heller derides use of athletes, celebrities to sell Obamacare
By: Steve Tetreault
July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dean Heller said Thursday that athletes and “Hollywood celebrities” being recruited to promote the new health care law are little different from those who once used their fame to sell cigarettes to unsuspecting consumers.

In the latest Republican attack on “Obamacare,” the Nevadan charged the White House was seeking out movie, TV and sports personalities “to push a bill that many Americans do not support.”

“That tactic has been used before,” Heller said in a Senate speech. “In the 1950s and 1960s, Hollywood and some athletes were used to sell and glamorize tobacco products.

“Today, Hollywood and some athletes are being used to peddle the Affordable Care Act, perhaps to make up for past sins,” he said.

Tobacco products have since been found to cause cancer.

The criticism comes as the Obama administration has reached out to professional sports leagues and movie and television stars to help persuade young people to enroll in health care insurance pools that will become available on Oct. 1.

Health care premiums to be paid by younger people, who generally are more healthy, are seen as key to help pay to take care of sicker people under the law that Congress passed in 2010 and that is being implemented in pieces.

Actors Amy Poehler and Michael Cera, singers Jason Derulo and Jennifer Hudson and several high-profile behind-the-camera figures were among those at a White House meeting on Monday for a health care session.

In June, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration had asked the National Football League and Major League Baseball to help implement the law.

The NFL withdrew from the discussions following a warning from Senate Republicans that participating would “risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand.”

In his speech, Heller also criticized the law’s embrace of health care “navigators,” whose job would be to help individuals understand and choose among various insurance plans available under the law. The administration has announced $54 million in grants are available to states to provide navigator services.

Heller said the navigators would “push people” to enroll in the program.

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