Now that Obamacare’s exchanges are up and running, sort of, millions of Americans “who’ve lived for years in some cases with the fear that one illness could send them into bankruptcy,” as the president described them, have something to be happy about—but that isn’t all.
According to the Daily Caller, which followed up on a Nashville Business Journal report, the Community Health Alliance Mutual Insurance Company, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, will be enticing enrollees with the possibility of getting a free smart phone along with their new insurance. According to the report:
CHA is offering qualified individuals an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data.
The newly phoned customers “will have the phone number for their CHA representative pre-loaded in their phones and can quickly get answers to questions about their policies,” said Community Health Alliance COO Judy Slagle in a news release. “At the same time, we will be able to connect with our members by phone, by email or by text almost instantly with health tips and reminders.”
The main reason given in the statement for the free phone is customer ease of access to health care information. But one wonders why a smart phone with unlimited talk and texting, and 1.2GB of data is necessary for that.
One wonders as well why those presumably still recovering from the constant “fear of illness inducing bankruptcy” would need any extra incentives or coaxing to sign up for a law with such supposed merits.
This Tennessee co-op received a federal loan of $73,306,700, according to CMS.gov.
Now let us recall another time “Obamaphones” were all over the news: