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October 1 Prep: Links o' Fun

October 1 Prep: Links o' Fun

September 28, 2013

With October 1 barreling down, we thought your ACA weekend would be livened by two valuable, and two enjoyable links, proving again that the internet is the most important use of time and waste of time in creation.

Before getting to the fun stuff, here's two serious listicles that you should see:

1. Top 10 Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Good for Massachusetts, from EOHHS.

2. 10 Things You Need to Know About Obamacare in Massachusetts, from the Patch, is a good list of the upcoming changes. We'll have more to say in a few days.

Now for the goodies:

1. Adorable Care Act

The Adorable Care Act tumblr is, well, adorable. Isn't it? It was created by a former Obama campaign staffer Salim Zymet, and there's a twitter, too.

2. The Collected Poems of the Affordable Care Act

Tim Murphy from Mother Jones (no, not our Tim Murphy) has "rearranged the most vivid and hyperbolic descriptions of the Affordable Care Act" into a series of short poems. Each line includes links to the source of the metaphor or simile. He writes, "Obamacare is fractal; it contains multitudes," and suggests reading them in your best Don Berwick voice (yes, our Don Berwick).

Sample:

Obamacare is like a box of chocolates.

Obamacare is Waterloo.

Obamacare is the Iraq War,

or its domestic equivalent.

Obamacare will kill more people than 9/11.

Obamacare is the War of Yankee Aggression,

Obamacare is the hill to die on,

Obamacare is Gettysburg.

Obamacare is the Fourth of July.

Obamacare is Christmas,

like being forced to purchase a book of cowboy poetry,

or a Barry Manilow album.

Obamcare is like this health insurance/medical aid kind of thing,

like a military draft.

Obamacare is the best bill you could have passed.

Obamacare is here to stay.

Obamacare will survive.

Obamacare is the moon.

- Brian Rosman