New England Patriot owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that he expects to challenge the mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which he said would harm the health of millions of Americans.
Kraft said that he and his wife, Denise, who owns Kraft Heinz Co., have been working with the NFL Players Association and other health care providers to educate the public on the potential impacts of the mandate.
“We have been in constant communication with health care professionals and the players, and we have been very clear on what we believe is the mandate’s impact on people’s health and wellness,” Kraft said.
“The players, of course, have been extremely vocal in their support of this legislation, and have expressed their concerns that it will not provide any benefits to their health.
That has been the case.
I think we have to be very clear about the risks that we are talking about and that is exactly what we are doing.”
Kraft Heinz has already sued the Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate, arguing that the rule violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of religion.”
I am committed to working with all parties to protect our players’ health and to make sure they are well-informed and informed about the law.”
Kraft Heinz has already sued the Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate, arguing that the rule violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of religion.
The Patriots are expected to be a big beneficiary of the lawsuit, as they have invested heavily in the health care industry and the mandate would require the company to make substantial investments in health care for its players.
Kerry said he was confident that the Krafts, along with the Patriots, would prevail.
“I am confident that, at the end of the day, we will prevail in this case,” Kerry said.
Kris Kobach, a Kansas attorney who serves as the head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Health Policy Division, said that the Patriots will likely win the case, but that the public would have to wait for the outcome of the appeal.
Kobach also called for a moratorium on new Obamacare regulations.
“While the law’s provisions require that the Federal Government make a reasonable effort to implement and enforce the health insurance mandate, the law does not require that a federal agency adopt a particular policy, or set specific benchmarks for the health plans it sells,” Kobach said.