New government report reveals one third of “Obamaphone” enrollees may not even be qualified for the program
The “Obamaphone” program was created to help low-income families pay for cellphones at the taxpayers’ expense. A recent report indicates that the controversial programs is “rife with fraud.”
The program, run by the Federal Communications Commission, predates President Obama, but it gained attention during his administration when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits he doled out to the poor.
Some 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, investigators said after sampling the population and finding a huge chunk of people couldn’t prove they were eligible.
More than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for nearly 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as having died.
Government Accountability Office investigators have questioned if the program is even necessary to continue since the price of phones and services on many plans has dropped since the program started. For the sake of hard-working taxpayers footing the bill for this problematic plan, discontinuing it might not be a such a bad idea! Please click here and urge your lawmakers to stop these unnecessary programs that serve only as a burden to taxpayers.