Sports Stars Might Hype Obamacare for Tax Dollars

Will NBA superstar LeBron James be a spokesman for Obamacare?

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“Mr. President, I was deeply disturbed, several weeks ago, to learn of the White House’s plan to strip $332 million (now $454 million) in critical funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund and to redirect that money to educating the public about the new health insurance marketplaces and other aspects of implementing the Affordable Care Act,” Harkin said.

“Not only is this a case of misplaced priorities, but it is, frankly, an outrageous attack on an investment fund that is saving lives by advancing wellness and prevention initiatives in communities all across America,” he said.

The Prevention Fund has a $1 billion annual budget through 2017. It escalates until 2022 when the program sustains a $2 billion annual budget in perpetuity.

Critics, like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va), call the massive, extra-congressional recurring cash reserve a “slush fund.”

In the two years following the approval of the Affordable Care Act, HHS awarded Florida only $34.8 million in Prevention Funds.

This article originally appeared on Watchdog.org.

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    Bout time!

  • froving39||

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  • ||

    Ask the Dixie Chicks if it's smart to piss off 50% of their fans. If the NBA/NFL agree to this they will lose a fortune.

  • Ball-sac||

    Did the Dixie Chicks really piss off that many people? Wasn't it just that their Corporate Overlords (ClearChannel) got their knickers in a twist?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    That and their novelty was wearing off already.

  • JWatts||

    Yes, the Dixie Chicks did really piss off that many people.

  • ||

    Mellencamp and Springtseen do it all the time. Black Sabbath jumped on Bush too. Crissy Hynde hoped the 'Muslims would win.'

    All are silent on the tyrant currently in power.

  • RBS||

    So, does that make the NBA the Obamacare of pro sports?

  • RBS||

    How is having a bunch of millionaire athletes who, at least while they are playing and haven't wasted their fortunes yet, can afford the finest health care with or without PPACA shilling for the administration a good idea.

  • RBS||

    ?

  • Ball-sac||

    Because human beings are status-conscious primates who will, as a general rule, always follow the lead of those who are our superiors in the hierarchy of prestige?

    IOW, Lebron James RBS.

  • Calidissident||

    So you're saying they should get Allen Iverson to do it?

  • RBS||

    We talkin' bout checkups...

  • Sevo||

    Eddie the Eagle!

  • ||

    I'm not sure that would work so well, given that doctors are said to "practice" medicine.

  • John||

    Amazing how stupid these guys are. What did Micheal Jordan say? Republicans buy shoes too. If you are in the entertainment and endorsement business, getting in the political mud is a really bad idea. No one is going to buy your product who otherwise wouldn't have because you are shilling for whatever team. But a lot of people won't because of that.

  • Ball-sac||

    Lebron is richer than you and will be until the day he dies.

  • spyle||

    i don't know about that. especially if he is a business owner. when you own a well-run business, if good opportunity comes you can really make a fortune just like that. granted making hundreds of millions is harder than just a few, but then it's not like lebron james is a billionaire either. It's not like you're using warren buffet as an example. please, this here is just a basketball player, and it's not just money being referenced.

    and if i were to place a blind bet, for some reason i think john would be richer than you. a lot more.

  • Careless||

    I do wonder how much money the biggest blown basketball fortune is.

    I know Antoine Walker made $110 million just from his basketball salary and was bankrupt by age 32.

  • JWatts||

    Lebron is richer than you and will be until the day he dies.

    Ah yes, the classic appeal to authority.

  • John||

    It is really funny James is doing it. I guess he wants to ensure that all of the people who think he has a right to make a living and don't hate him for going to Miami have a reason to hate him now.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    It is really funny James is doing it. I guess he wants to ensure that all of the people who think he has a right to make a living and don't hate him for going to Miami have a reason to hate him now.

    The government has approached James. It says nothing whatsoever about him agreeing to do it. You might want to pump the brakes on that hate for a bit.

  • mr lizard||

    They should've asked the WNBA instead....

  • Paul.||

    +1 woman with dogs.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Students who choose to major in high paying fields will officially subsidize the education for those students who choose to major in low paying careers.

    Going to college can seem like a choice between impossibly high payments while in school or a crushing debt load for years afterward, but one state is experimenting with a third way.

    This week, the Oregon Legislature approved a plan that could allow students to attend state colleges without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans. Instead, they would commit a small percentage of their future incomes to repaying the state; those who earn very little would pay very little.


    The only way this can work at all is if the payments from students are isolated and put back in to the programs that brought about those payments. Low Art History major payments put back in to Art History programs, and high engineering payments put back in to engineering programs where the funds do not mix.

    I'd be really pissed to know that my payments as a highly paid engineer are going towards funding lavish Art History department faculties and facilities.
  • mad libertarian guy||

    Fucking squirrels really fucked up the formatting on this one, didn't they?

  • Ted S.||

    Something tells me the OP, and not the squirrels, fucked up the formatting.

  • Paul.||

    Always blame the computer.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Here's the nut:

    The plan’s supporters have estimated that for it to work, the state would have to take about 3 percent of a former student’s earnings for 20 years, in the case of someone who earned a bachelor’s degree.

    My student loans are completely paid off, as of Jan 2012. I got my BA in 1997 and my MA in 2002. IOW, I'd still be paying off my education, a slave to state instead of the banks in this case, if I got my degrees under this plan.

  • dinkster||

    Honestly, 3 percent is about 2 percent lower than the payments I make now on expected median income for a technical or hard science BS degree. The fact that I would financially be better off right now under this plan reaffirms my belief that it will in all likely hood crash and burn.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The fact that I would financially be better off right now under this plan

    I'm financially better off right now not making any payments at all.

  • dinkster||

    My loans are probably higher.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Considering mine are paid off completely, yes, your loans probably are higher.

  • Paul.||

    Under future government plans for student loans, no one's loans are completely paid off. In fact, my 11 yr old daughter will be paying the student loans for every French Literature major with six figures of student loan debt.

  • dinkster||

    Mine are higher because of the inflated price of my BS that I received ten years after you finished your degree.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Mine are higher because of the inflated price of my BS that I received ten years after you finished your degree.

    No one forced you to take out all that debt.

    And this comment is willfully dense.

    That sound you hear is the point flying right over your head.

  • dinkster||

    And this comment is willfully dense.

  • dinkster||

    In a way, this is like an opt out social service. It is essentially a flat tax for people that go to school on the government's dime. It beats the hell out of social security in that regard.

  • JWatts||

    It's essentially a subsidy for those getting Liberal Arts degrees and a lot more money for their colleges.

    What do you think will happen when interests rates go above 3%? This is not inflation adjusted.

    This is a huge give away to the colleges and their Democrat voting staffs, guaranteeing them large amounts of students with endless pockets. What does the student care how much tuition costs if his payments are always going to be the same?

    Can you imagine what would happen if the government offered to pay for your car and capped the payments at 3% of your income? What kind of car would most people buy?

  • PRX||

    This week, the Oregon Legislature approved a plan that could allow students to attend state colleges without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans. Instead, they would commit a small percentage of their future incomes to repaying the state

    this how you write a lie. if I have to pay something back, then apparently there was tuition and some type of loan.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    How much you want to bet that recruitment of foreign and out-of-state students to actually make up for the real costs of this program goes through the roof?

    A bunch of liberal arts douches paying 3% of $25K for 20-25 years aren't going to be able to cover the real costs of running a state university system all by themselves. No way in hell.

    The one positive aspect of this program is that the Oregon state legislature is basically admitting that the college student is ultimately responsible for paying for their education, not their parents or anyone else.

  • sgs||

    "I'd be really pissed to know that my payments as a highly paid engineer are going towards funding lavish Art History department faculties and facilities."

    Then you're a fucking idiot for choosing a school that does that?

    Why is it the schools problem that you're concerned about this? You CHOOSE TO GO THERE. YOU WOULD KNOW WHERE THE MONEY WAS GOING BEFORE YOU CHOSE TO GO THERE. WHAT KIND OF FUCKING IDIOT WOULD GO TO A SCHOOL THAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT ABOUT?

  • JWatts||

    Then you're a fucking idiot for choosing a school that does that?

    That's the target market for this program. Indeed, it's voluntary, so you won't see highly paid engineers signing up for it. But they'll do a bang up business in Theater Arts.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The real problem with college grads not being able to get jobs is that employers aren't listening to colleges enough rather than colleges not properly preparing their students for the workforce.

    But it’s easy for the issue to degenerate into finger-pointing.

    “If you sat down with a committee of professors, and told them students are not coming out with the skills they need, they would say, ‘you’re smoking something,’ ” Mr. Levenson said. “The trouble is, those skills are applied in a college context, not a workplace context.”

    But, he added, “you can’t create a school-based curriculum that can help someone transition to being highly productive on the job in 10 days.”

    In other words, the onus shouldn’t just be on universities; employers also need to step up to the plate.

    It's not our fault that we don't produce qualified graduates! It's your fault for not seeing the brilliance instilled in our students who are schooled in leftist studies rather than the skills required to function in the business world.

  • InlineSkate||

    You got to fund those college sports some how.

  • Calidissident||

    It always comes back to brown people with you, doesn't it?

  • Sevo||

    "However, when looking at economic development one cannot ignore the reality of differential intelligence levels among the races."

    Yes, asshole, one certainly can.

  • dinkster||

    IQ is bunk dude. If you are going to make national policy based on something as flimsy as that, well.. jesus...

  • dinkster||

    derp. I'm very partial to this video because it says video games make me smart.

  • JWatts||

    LOL, that video claims that using a single IQ number isn't sufficient. The scientists found that you needed to use 3 separate measures that cover 1) short term memory, 2) reasoning & 3) a verbal component.

    So, instead of IQ we should be using SAT scores. Ok, fair enough.

  • Mark22||

    We shouldn't make national policy based on race at all. That is, there shouldn't be programs based on the assumption that some races are disadvantaged, and there shouldn't be programs based on the assumption that some races have different "average intelligence".

  • Obama-nation||

    Agreed. Maybe someday....

  • JWatts||

    IQ is bunk dude.

    Let me guess, you read that on the internet.

    While I think American is off target by going after immigrants and specific groups, he is making a point that a whole lot of economists are currently debating. Namely, what do you do if machine automation leads to a world where only the right half of the bell curve is employable?

    Do we create make shift jobs for half the population? Do we create a Universal income? Do we allow a really large disparity in income?

    Consider a future where a reasonably free market wage for an 90 IQ person is $4 per hour but the going rate for an 110 IQ person is $40 per hour. This is quite likely to end in a lot of social strife.

  • JohnD||

    Blacks are savages. I will not live near them under any circumstances.

  • Concerned Citizen||

    I tried it. Won't do it again.

  • Sevo||

    Calidissident| 7.6.13 @ 9:33PM |#
    "It always comes back to brown people with you, doesn't it?"

    And then that idiot proves you got his number.
    Hey, Murcan! Stuff you racist crap!

  • ||

    MLG, standing ovation from me.

    My sister is a liberal and even she has figured out this is EXACTLY what happens in our business/industry.

    Worse, they're being told how much they should be paid! So even the unprepared educator with ZERO experience will demand the magical '$15 hour' number.

    I mean, after all, Obama did say we owe people a 'living wage.'

    Fucking commies for real.

  • Mizchief||

    So the tax the rich and give to the poor administration wants to use borrowed money to be paid back by the young people, to cough up their cash for a program that is intended to take money from them to fund the healthcare of the generation that screwed them?

    There needs to be an ad campaign to show the young people how bad their beloved leader is using them and ruining their future.

  • JWatts||

    There needs to be an ad campaign to show the young people how bad their beloved leader is using them and ruining their future.

    The young will never believe it's true. Or at least not enough will.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    In a Senate floor speech in May, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) a staunch health-reform advocate, stressed the importance of the Prevention Fund’s mission to save lives and money, and expressed “disappointment regarding the Administration’s decision to raid the critical fund.”

    In other news, Tom Harkin wags his finger at foxes who raid henhouses. Harkin also expressed concern at burglars who rob unlocked houses.

  • Sevo||

    "expressed “disappointment regarding the Administration’s decision to raid the critical fund.”"

    That's his only disappointment with the court of Obozo?
    He hasn't been watching.

  • mgd||

    Ha. He's been fucking cheerleading for them. Plus, he's got to be pleased that he is no longer the architect of the country's worst piece of legislation, with the PPACA displacing the ADA for that honor.

  • ||

    I thought the great thing about the government was shoving your will down everyone's throat. Why the need to advertise? What's the message going to be? "Obamacare has great things coming your way! And, if you don't like it, enjoy fucking off!"

  • Sevo||

    Brian| 7.6.13 @ 6:19PM |#
    "I thought the great thing about the government was shoving your will down everyone's throat. Why the need to advertise? What's the message going to be? "Obamacare has great things coming your way! And, if you don't like it, enjoy fucking off!""

    VERY good point! If we don't like it, someone in the court of Obozo will post a personal blog, and the cops will be on your ass!
    But then given all the "so-called" scandals, maybe the court it thinking it might be worth it to try to put some lipstick on that pig?

  • Mark22||

    Even dictators need some level of popular support.

  • Obama-nation||

    That's funny as hell... but sadly accurate..

  • ||

    If you have to lie to make your case, or pay someone to make it for you, perhaps it isnt a case worth making.

    They keep shoving this turd in our face and assuring us we will like it, now they are paying people who will likely never have to take a bite to say it for them. That, and putting off key parts of it until after the elections....

    Jesus, could these lying scumbags be any more transparent? Who is stupid enough to buy their bullshit?
    Hey Tony, Shreek...please explain.

  • Paul.||

    This is why the show Veep is a documentary.

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  • JohnD||

    Yeah, these thugs hyping ObamaCare will really change my mind.

  • wernerpeggy||

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