'Obamacare' Boardgame: Everybody Pays, 'Nobody Ever Wins'
(CNSNews.com) - A Kentucky entrepreneur is seeking funding to produce a new board game called Obamacare. "Everybody has to pay. Nobody ever wins," the news release promises. ("You're either broke or you're dead," the game board says.)
Game creator Jack LeFeber says regardless how you view the health care law, "You'll love the creative insanity that only a government bureaucracy can cobble together. It's fun, educational and a little scary, all at the same time."
Players can choose to be Democrats, Republicans, or members of the Tea Party, Green Party, Occupy Wall Street, or the IRS.
Each player starts out on the "Buy Insurance" square as a small business owner (except for the Occupy Wall Streeters, who begin the game unemployed). Along the way, players are taxed, troubled, hospitalized, or may even fall victim to a death panel as they make their way across the board.
LeFeber says players can enjoy the game, even if they haven't read the 10,000-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"What could possibly happen when you extract $1.7 TRILLION dollars from the private sector?" LeFeber asks. "This game demonstrates in a fun, educational way how the middle class may be affected over the next few years."
In addition to a game board, dice, and player tokens, the game includes health insurance policy cards, owner-industry cards, penalty cards -- and play money called "ObamaBucks."
"We may have added some funny exaggerations in the game," LeFeber said. "But since the original bill was brought to you by the same folks who so efficiently manage the US Postal Service, Social Security Trust Fund, recent Bank Bailouts, and soon-to-be $17,000,000,000,000.00 in government debt--you know the game is rigged against us from the start."
LeFeber has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the board game. He says the game will be made in Louisville, Ky., "So it will be taxed and troubled like any other small business in America."
Kickstarter is a company that gets small donors to fund creative projects via the Internet.