April 7, 2011, - 6:28 pm

Really? Whining NFL Millionaires Latest ObamaCare Entitlement Class

By Debbie Schlussel

You know the downtrodden, poor, and less fortunate, whom Obamacare was allegedly going to help?  Think again.  It’s NFL multi-millionaires who are taking advantage and going on their parents insurance plans! Incredible.  Current NFL players (and some potential draft picks) are whining that they have to pay for their own health insurance and are taking advantage of the Obama provision allowing them to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26.


Yup, while the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet in this economy, locked out current NFL players and draft multi-millionaires in waiting are bitching about how they can’t afford health insurance and applauding Obamacare .

PUH-LEEZE.  As a recovering former sports agent, I can tell you none of these guys–even the guys up for the NFL draft who won’t get signed until the lockout ends–is starving or hard up to pay for a doctor’s appointment and accompanying prescriptions.  Once their college eligibility is up, prospective NFL draftees are showered with money.  Their agents–and those seeking to become their agents–give them “loans,” pay-offs, and other lucre.  Even the small time guy who will go in the last round of the draft, later this month, isn’t hurting for funds. Not even close.

Among those locked out who went back on his parents’ health insurance plan is Chicago Bears lineman Craig Steltz, who made $740,907 in 208, $390,20o in 2009, and $470,000 in 2010.  I’m thinking I need to come up with a new phrase for NFL slacker millionaires like him:  Obamacare Slackionaire.

The same goes for Keenan Lewis, a Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, who made $310,000 in 2009 and $395,000 in 2010. Is this really a person who should be allowed to remain on his parents’ health insurance policy? Can he really not afford to go it on his own?  Do you really need to pay higher premiums, so his parents can pay lower ones for him versus what he’d have to pay on his own individual health plan?

Also, if they–especially the NFL draft candidates–are so broke, why not do what millions of other jobless, poor Americans are doing:  look for a job.  Apparently, it’s beneath these spoiled prima donnas to say, “Would you like fries with that?” or work in a stock room or on a construction job for even a few months. Better to live off their parents, instead, and higher health insurance prices for everyone to make up for this.  Who knew that coddled former college football players would be America’s newest entitlement class?

Others hope an agreement can be reached soon, so they won’t become a burden on their parents. After being drafted in the third round, Keenan Lewis and [Chicago Bears player Craig] Steltz figured their days of leaning on their parents for support were over.

However, the lockout also ended the players’ medical benefits.

Under the federal law known as COBRA, players can continue existing medical coverage for themselves and their families for up to 18 months, but it’s expensive. A new federal health care law allows those who are 26 years old and younger to return to their parents’ health insurance.

“I’m 24, so I got lucky,” Steltz said. “All this health insurance stuff came around, and I was scrambling about what to do. They sent us COBRA. And out of the blue, someone reminded me that ‘Man, you are 24; you can get on your parents’ insurance.’

“I said, ‘Man, this is awesome. I’m a professional athlete and I am getting on my parent’s insurance.’ I got lucky on that, but some of the guys have families and children, and they are having to pay for their own health insurance now. It’s just the little small things that you are having to pick up now in this uncertainty that you wouldn’t have had to worry about before.”

Added Keenan Lewis, another former Walker player: “It’s scary not to have insurance.”

It’s scary not to have a brain or common sense to go out and find another way of making a living until the NFL lockout is over.

But then we knew that about NFL players and draftees, who ain’t exactly Einstein and are apparently too high and mighty to assume the position of Joe Sixpack for a few months.

Yup, it’s “degrading” to live like the little people when you expect to be rolling in Armani and expensive male skin moisturizers.

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15 Responses

Obamacare for millionaires.

Now that’s a phrase that will go over well with most folks.


NormanF on April 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

The law is unconstitutional but they’ll have Mom and Dad look after them anyway.

They’re teen kids in men’s bodies.

NormanF on April 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Aw, come on folks. They’re just trying to save for their ritirement, that’s all 🙂
Yeah, right!

There are people that have to support families AND buy their own insurance on less than one tenth of what these whining babies make.
Everything this damn so-called president does just makes the rich richer and the lazy more dependent on the gov’t while the middle class foots the bill.
Thanks BO Hussein, thanks for nothin’!

theShadow on April 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Don’t blame Obama. Blame the fans who go to see these steroidal freaks.

Blame the voters, particularly white women, who put this moron into Office.

Blame the Muslims who supported their brother wholeheartedly.

Blame the toxic liberals in the reform community, who do not worship G-d, or respect the Torah, but worship Obama, and respect the Democratic Party Platform.

Blame the toxic liberals in the Protestant and Catholic communities, who put Obama and political correctness before their congregants and religion.

Blame the voters again, for re-electing politicians who provide taxpayer supported stadiums.

Blame the media, for not reporting these stories, and instead focus on trivial nonsense (except for our lovely Deb)!!!

Blame yourselves, for not calling Congress, and complaining about Obamacare. Wait, you can still call and push repeal. Call 202-225-3121.

Oh, and you can tell your clergy to stick to the liturgy, and shut the f–k up about politics.

Jonathan E. Grant on April 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm


    Joel-texag57 on April 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’ve already told colleagues that I will get arrested before I participate in mandatory health care.

I WILL NOT ROR nor post bail and while incarcerated, I will go on a starvation diet FORCING the government much money to keep me alive.

I will continue to force the government to pay for me to live until they realize that I choose death before government regulations requiring me to buy insurance.

From there, there are 2 options: Death or Release.
If death, my non-intestate heirs will pursue legal action.
If released, the whole Soetoro Health Care scheme will for all intents and purposes be nullified.

JewLover on April 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

its the oldtimers who need help. and both the league and the current players wont help these guys many now cripples from when they built this league way back when.

Bill C. on April 8, 2011 at 2:55 am

Wow. UFB>OMG…and all the rest of the words
I feel too polite to say right now. I have to
go to a real job.

cthelight on April 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

Its always a dilemma when there is a great benefit out there that you’re eligible for but you think is a poor public policy decision. As the spouse of a teacher, I know this all too well. My health, dental and eye insurance is better than I would purchase for myself on the open market. I live in WI and yes, I whole heartedly cheered Governor Walker’s reforms on public employee benefit even though it will cost me money. It’s good public policy. I don’t resent these guys for going on the parents insurance for a few months during the lockout. It’s a smart financial decision for themselves and in their tax bracket, they already pay a ton of money in taxes. The truly stupid part is admitting it. But this is a classic example of abuse that can and should be fixed. I have no problem with government healthcare for those who need it, but how about some means testing?

KayserSozay on April 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

    You miss the point. Health care premiums are going up because of that up to 26 years of age provision. That little goodie was inserted into Obamacare in order to take care of college age people, who are big Democratic supporters. You should note that there is no means test for this provision, so even those sitting on small fortunes can get their snout into the trough. People are having to get minimal health care policies or drop them entirely due to rising premiums. Medical care inflation has not moderated under such policies, but has skyrocketed. So, I would resent those, whether they crow about it or not, taking a benefit they really have no need for. It is like an upper income person picking up groceries at a food bank, which is just as depraved.

    worry01 on April 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

the players association could set up a self insured MEWA to provide top flight coverage. But I guess they would rather retain lawyers and fill the courts with their garbage instead.

Bill Ford on April 8, 2011 at 7:33 am

Ditto everything Mr. Grant said. This is one of those articles that pisses me off.

samurai on April 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Let’s all remember the consequences of what repeated head trauma can do to the brain.

Doesn’t explain your run of the mill leftist, though.

Tanstaafl on April 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

Seems like a non-story to me.

This one piece of the new system helps so many more people than these few players. How many comfortably retired millionaires cash their social security checks. There is nothing illegal or even dishonest in any of this. It is just a benefit that they have a right to receive.

Don’t hate the playa…

Stan on April 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Don’t these guys get those “affordable health insurance” flyers? I get one every week!

Michelle on April 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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