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“Health Savings Accounts”? I Have Bingo!

By KHN Editors

October 2nd, 2012, 1:52 PM

Here we go again (to paraphrase a memorable debate line).  It’s time for the first installment of this campaign’s presidential debates: Wednesday at 9 p.m Eastern we will all tune in to watch 90 minutes of President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney finding new and creative ways of deflecting criticism.

Kaiser Health News feels your pain (so to speak).  And we’re here to help.  Jim Lehrer, the moderator of the debate, has promised to devote a segment to health policy issues.  There’s no better way to help you stay focused on the questions and answers than with a good, old fashioned game of BINGO.  Or in this case, DEBATE-O.

The game card below is filled with terms that the two candidates might use to describe their own plans and to attack their opponent’s plans.  Each time you hear a word or phrase that’s on your game card, click on it.  The first to get five down, across or diagonally wins.

Each time you reload this page, you’ll get a fresh game card, so don’t reload once the debate begins.

Can’t play online?  We’ve made four printable game cards so that you can follow along the old fashioned way.

Help us spread the word. And make sure that you and your friends load up DEBATE-O for tomorrow night’s debate.

Our interactive DEBATE-O game is based on code written by Betsy Haibel and Elizabeth Yalkut and distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License.

5 Responses to ““Health Savings Accounts”? I Have Bingo!”

  1. John says:

    Really fair, having a “pro” obamacare firm (Commonwealth) posing the questions and setting the parameters! Wonder who will bet me what the results will be? (everyone) Just exactly like the candidate debates! wow!

  2. Emily says:

    Would be a lot more fun if it was a drinking game instead of BINGO…

  3. Renee says:

    I laughed when I saw your words “we will all tune in.” Are you kidding me? I wish that were true but unfortunately history has shown us that people no longer make informed decisions. In today’s world, a good-looking individual who is an eloquent speaker that makes promises of hope and change will take the presidency regardless of their past history, education or job experience. I pray that when people go to the polls, that they spend just a moment reflecting on who is the most likely president that will help ALL Americans realize their potential, and not focus on their birthplace, religion, clothes, smile or charm. America deserves better from us voters, our children and grandchildren trust us to make the best decision for their future and the world depends upon our global leadership. I hope the moderators of all debates, will conduct themselves in a professional manner so that we, the voters, can evaluate the abilities of both men so that in the end, we can all say, the best man won! Good luck to both candidates and God Bless the United States!

  4. JB says:

    What if the debate starts off with a quote from Ron Wyden referencing Romney’s “47% speech”, with a segway to how female Medicare beneficiaries tend to disagree that sex is not a pre-existing condition? Whammy/Bingo!

  5. Kim says:

    I wish he would ask why the Affordable Care Act eliminated the ability to put money into a health savings account to purchase hearing aids.

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