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Play "Obama Healthcare Bingo" Tonight


Posted by ATR on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, 3:57 PM PERMALINK


“Public option” “Change” “Bend the cost curve” Invocation of FDR, Truman, Nixon, or Ted Kennedy “Status quo”
“Deficit-neutral” “Bipartisan” “Investment” “Let me be clear” “The cost of doing nothing”
“Crisis” “Children and grandchildren” GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED “FREE”SPACE “Waste, fraud, and abuse” “Naysayers” or "Fear-mongers"
“Quality health insurance” “Medical malpractice reform” “Keep insurance companies honest” “Well-financed forces” “Create choice and competition”
“Hope” “46 million uninsured” “Washington special interests” “Doctors and Nurses” “As I’ve said before”
Tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress. Below is a handy Bingo card you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used. As a bonus, print out the different versions of the card and watch the speech with your friends or family: Card 1; Card 2; Card 3; Card 4

KEY:

“Public option” – A government-run health plan
“Crisis” -- Excuse to hike taxes and grow the government per Rahm Emmanuel’s theory: “Never waste a crisis”
“Hope” – The medicine Obama will prescribe while you’re on a government waiting list
“Change” – Take-home pay of future generations due to massive spending increases and government expansion
“Bipartisan” – Tricking one gullible Republican into voting for a government-controlled health plan
“Children and grandchildren” – The people picking up the tab
“Investment” – The government spending your tax dollars
“As I’ve said before” – Prepare for a poll-tested line from stump speeches
“Deficit-neutral” – Raising taxes at least as much as you raise spending
“Quality health insurance” – A benefits package designed by unelected federal bureaucrats
“46 million uninsured” – Inflated number which includes illegal immigrants, those eligible for but not enrolled in existing government programs, and those who turn down insurance they can afford
“Waste, fraud, and abuse” – Magic asterisk when a politician needs a pay-for
“Well-financed forces” – K Street health industry lobbyists in bed with Obamacare
“Washington special interests” – K Street lobbyists President Obama likes to pretend are opposed to Obamacare but actually support it
“Status quo” – Government already controls half of the U.S. healthcare sector; Obamacare wants to take over the other half
“The cost of doing nothing” – Trillions less than Obama’s plan
“Let me be clear” – Prepare yourself for meaningless truism
Naysayers” or “fear-mongers” – Any person legitimately concerned about the rapid encroachment of government in their life
“Create choice and competition” – Driving out private sector health insurance by rigging any competition in the government’s favor
“Keep insurance companies honest” – see “create choice and competition” above
“Bend the cost curve” – The government rationing your healthcare
“Medical malpractice reform” – Something Obama, Reid, and Pelosi will never actually do since they are in the pocket of trial lawyers
“Doctors and Nurses” – Healthcare professionals who will be drafted into government employment when Obamacare eventually turns into a single-payer system 

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