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ESports Pro-Gamers Team Up with Government to Promote Obamacare

Select eSports personalities promote HealthCare.gov to remind Americans to sign up for health insurance by the deadline.

The United States government teams up with eSports participants to help guide Americans to sign up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov as the February deadline approaches.

Above is the one-minute spot that explains how easy it is to get signed up. The clip features Randal Holcombe, Joshua Gray, Anna Prosser Robinson, and Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson. These four eSsports personalities are a part of the ESL (Electronic Sports League). The deadline for open enrollment to sign up for health insurance in 2015 ends on Sunday, February 15th.

Why is health insurance important?

It's possible for some people get health insurance for less than $100 a month. Since last March, there is now a penalty for not having at least the most minimal health insurance coverage.

This penalty costs 1% of the yearly household income (minimum $95 per person) in 2014. This year, it costs 2% (or $325 per person) and next year it will rise to 2.5% (or $695 per person). The penalty is paid for when people file for their tax returns.

The continuing rise of eSports

eSports continues to gain in popularity every day and with every new event. Whitehouse.gov reports that there are over 31 million fans supporting the league. It's been receiving more coverage in national sports media as well.

TheScore, a popular Canadian digital sports media company, just recently added eSports to their popular app that also gives scores from other leagues such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, etc. People can now follow a League of Legends match at the same place they check to see if the Golden State Warriors are still killing it in the NBA (they are).

Published Feb. 12th 2015

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