A Short Lesson For Jeff FaineDecember 21st, 2010
Joe wants to take a moment to introduce Bucs center Jeff Faine, a Notre Dame grad and a proud multibusiness CEO, to a little something called the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.
Most regular working folks know it very well as COBRA, the federal law that allows workers to pay out the nose to continue their health insurance coverage after leaving a job that provided said coverage.
It seems Faine, the Bucs representative to the players’ union, isn’t aware of this little thing that should give his teammates peace of mind if there’s a short lockout and players no longer have medical coverage paid for by the NFL. Simply put, these players would be able to pay monthly to continue their health coverage that would be lost.
Apparently, Faine was fanning the flames of stupidity during an interview today on The King David Show on 1010 AM, which is hosted Shaun King and Toby David and not the ancient Hebrew king.
Per the show’s Twitter feed, Faine said players are worried about doctor bills during a lockout.
Jeff Faine on the lockout- Health insurance is a concern for some players who’s wives will be having babies during the time of the lockout
Joe has to think Faine knows better. He’s got hundreds and hundreds of employees. He’s got to know that players can fork over a few grand a month tops to keep their families insured. Surely, they all make enough money to stash that cash away now.
The babies can be born in hospitals with the best care. No need for that $40-an-hour, cross- dressing midwife on Craigs List with good references.
Joe doesn’t typically write about the lockout. Frankly, Joe can’t imagine the NFL and its players would be stupid enough to miss real games like they did in 1987. The draft will go on regardless, and the billionaires won’t be interested in losing money.
But Joe was annoyed that Faine was trying to pass on this crap to fans. Either Faine isn’t advising the players he represents properly, or he’s throwing some BS out there to gain sympathy.