Surprise: Obamacare’s 1-800 Number Doesn’t Work Either
More and more reasons to keep government out of things.
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The website’s super-busted, and is likely to remain that way for some time. But you know that already, and so does President Obama — which is why he channeled the ShamWow guy during his surreal Obamacare pep rally earlier this week, pumping an 800-number as an alternative to the online exchanges. Operators are standing by, and all that. At least it’s something, right? Well, the Washington Post’s liberal Wonk Blog notices a small problem with Obama’s old-fashioned Plan B. It doesn’t work either:
In conversations this afternoon with the call center, I was repeatedly told that I could not enroll in coverage over the phone. “The only thing we can do is submit an application for you,” one call-center representative told me. “We can’t purchase anything for you.” “No, you cannot do that,” another one said, when I told her I had completed my application and would like to enroll in a specific plan.