Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, begins on October 1. In just a few days, people across the country will have access to affordable health insurance, especially people who were unable to get previous coverage due to unemployment, freelance employment, or other life situations.
In response, an anonymous source has taken to Tumblr and Twitter to share the Adorable Care Act, featuring images of cute baby animals captioned with text such as “I can rest easy knowing that lifetime caps on health care coverage have been eliminated! Thanks, Adorable Care Act!”
Although the official White House Twitter account has been more than happy to share these images online, representatives stress that the White House is not behind the Adorable Care Act images, and no other group or individual has yet come forward to claim creatorship.
The first Adorable Care Act image appeared on July 18, 2013, although the meme did not truly take off until this past week. Like other recent internet sensations such as Welcome to Night Vale, it took months of steady creation before the work took traction. (This is useful information for those of us currently working to create passive income streams from online content - Rome, Night Vale, and adorable animal images weren’t built in a day.)
The success of the Adorable Care Act makes it clear that Americans are eager and excited about upcoming changes to insurance plans. October’s open enrollment plan is sure to get everyone thinking and talking about insurance, from the coverage provided by the ACA to the benefits of simplified issue life insurance and other non-ACA supplementary plans. Finally, it seems, Americans have options.
On the other hand, we aren’t quite out of the clear yet. Reuters reported that some parts of the ACA will be delayed past the October 1 start date, specifically small-business and Spanish-language enrollment services. Those of us running small businesses will have to pay careful attention to the details on October 1 to determine which services are available to us and how we can best use the ACA to benefit ourselves as well as any employees we might have.
Of course, there are always those friendly Adorable Care Act animals to guide us. Expect additional helpful, adorable pictures to pop up as the first weeks of Obamacare take effect. With so many Americans entering a new health insurance system, it’s good to know that someone is there to explain the basics — even if that someone is a cute baby pig.
The most important thing to remember as October 1 approaches is to take time to fully understand the available options so that you can make the best choices for you, your family, and your business. As you reconfigure your health care plans and premiums, make sure you also stock up on non-ACA insurance policies such as business liability insurance, renter’s insurance, and life insurance — there are plenty of online guides to help you make good choices.
And, when in doubt, turn to the Adorable Care Act for some four-footed good advice.
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