As Obamacare implementation lurches painfully into reality, the classic virtual-reality online game “Thanks, Obamacare” — designed by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education, makers of the current “Brosurance” Obamacare ads — has returned to popularity on Twitter.
The Daily Caller decided to play “Thanks, Obamacare” Wednesday evening.
First, I have to select a player: Light blue or light purple. I choose light purple because it’s slightly more masculine.
I stand looking out upon a vibrant multicolored village town. Modest white houses, backyard woods and lakes. A stretch of sidewalk to an intersection. I spin a multicolored wheel at the bottom right hand corner of the screen and I’m catapulted forward six spaces to a red question-mark square.
You graduate from high school. Your happiness meter goes up one.
About right. Spin the wheel again.
Do you go to college or just start working?
I should probably get a job before the union shootings start up again.
(My view of the onscreen universe suddenly expands.) Spin the wheel again.
Your Facebook page has been hacked.
Happiness meter goes down one. Big deal.
You lose your job. Do you want to proceed with Obamacare or without?
Oh, come on. Those weren’t office air conditioners. Damn it. Give me the penalty.
“The economy is bad and you are getting laid off from your job. If you were lucky enough to have employer-based insurance, you can get COBRA for the health insurance you received through your job for 18 months at the full cost of the monthly premium. It’s not cheap, but it’s better than nothing.”
Down to negative-one happiness token. About right.