Winless Steelers Lose Even in Their Bye Week
By Jerry A. Kane
The hapless 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers have done the unthinkable: they’ve managed to lose again, only this time it’s during their bye week. Steelers owner Dan Rooney has partnered with Barack Obama’s administration to push enrollment in Obamacare’s healthcare exchanges, whose launch last week was stymied amid glitches, snafus, and down-time errors.
“The partnership with the Steelers is part of HHS’s [Health and Human Services] ongoing campaign to team up with athletes, sports franchises and other celebrities to promote ‘Obamacare’ and urge the uninsured–particularly the young and healthy–to sign up for coverage.”
On Thursday, Rooney, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and retired Steelers players will meet in the Steelers house at Heinz Field for the “Affordable Care Act education and enrollment event.”
Obama decided to reach out to individual teams after repeated attempts to promote Obamacare through the NBA and NFL had failed. So far only the Baltimore Ravens and the winless Steelers have joined with Obama to push enrollment in the exchanges.
Even though Obamacare means fewer choices and higher premiums for health insurance starting in 2014, Rooney decided to hitch the Steelers bandwagon to this dead horse.
“Obamacare is going to make health care unaffordable to a shockingly large number of poor people — many of them single and childless. … The poor are the ones who will pay the highest price, in relation to their income, under Obamacare.”
If Dan Rooney possessed any honor or dignity, he would be ashamed of himself. It’s sad to think that the legacy of Steelers founder Art Rooney will be forever tainted by the unchecked ambition of his ingrate son.
For more on the story, see “Pittsburgh Steelers to Help Obama Admin Promote Obamacare” and “Steelers, Dan Rooney partner with Obama administration on Affordable Care Act.”
UPDATE: Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were at Heinz Field yesterday to tell people about Obamacare’s health insurance options and get them signed up for coverage on the Healthcare.gov website.
However, only about 100 people showed up for the event, and the kicker is the government-certified application counselors, who were there to sign up people for coverage, could not access the website to sign them up.
“It said, ‘Try again later.'”—LaKesha Lowry, event attendee
Now if only similar numbers would show up for the next Steelers home game, Dan Rooney just might get the message that he should separate his politics from his football team, not only for the sake of the National Football League, but also in the interest of professional sports overall.