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Obamacare in California Sends Deaf Callers to Sex Hotline
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:56
Written by The Loyal Opposition
When the White House was scrambling on March 31st to encourage their minions to sign up for Obamacare, the only thing they cared about was the perception and hitting their seven million figure. They did, but we highly doubt it's real. And given the number of people that lost their health care due to Obamacare, it hardly offsets that. In California, though, deaf callers were dealt a surprise when trying to sign up for Covered California: they were put connected to a phone sex hotline. The error itself is truly remarkable.
While nobody knows how the phone number for Covered California got altered, it did and many callers were sent to phone bank filled with babes.
From CBS News:
On the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Covered California, some hearing-impaired residents were sent to a chat line offering ‘hot ladies’ instead of an insurance navigator.
With the deadline looming, an Auburn man scrambled to sign up for Covered California.
A page on the site where users can calculate the cost of coverage lists an incorrect phone number as 1-888-899-4500. The number, which was correct on the Contact Us page, is similar, but just one digit off: 1-888-889-4500.
So what does the incorrect number go to? This is what greets callers instead of health insurance advice:
“Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press two to connect free now,” the recording says.
Jeff Brown admits he dialed that number, thinking he was signing up for health insurance.
He logged onto the Covered California site just hours before the March 31 deadline. He filled out all the boxes, and then he says a box popped up saying he needed to call a 1-800 number.
He says when he called, all he got was a busy signal. He decided to try the number next to that, a TTY number for the hearing-impaired.
“I’ll try this number again just in case I dialed it wrong—same thing,” he said.
A Covered California spokesperson declined an on-camera interview, first saying by email, “We’ve never had the incorrect number on our site.”
A screenshot captured by CBS13 shows the incorrect number as it appeared on the site.
Later, we would get another email saying in part, “…After investigating it further, we are reviewing the shop and compare tool as an incorrect number. We’re currently working to correct the problem.”
The mistake has since been fixed on the Covered California website.
If we had to guess, this error was likely made by a fat slob bureaucrat who was making up for too many 900 number phone calls.
The Loyal Opposition is a contributing editor for Habledash.