ObamaPhone Program – Nothing But Fraud And Controversy

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The “ObamaPhone” program was a controversial one, and there are more than one reason behind it. Aside from liberals taking advantage of it, people found it absurd handing out free phones and plans to anyone who thought they deserve it. A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals just how fraudulent the program truly is.

Senator Claire McCaskill (MO-D) requested the report, claiming the program had approximately $9 billion in assets in private bank accounts. The money should be in the federal treasury and Senator McCaskill says,

“We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue.”

Obama’s Lifeline program became just another one of his pet projects that inefficiently provided services with money that could have been better spent elsewhere. Like most of his handouts, the expenses were on the American taxpayer’s back to carry. The federal government bills the phone carriers who in turn, exact it from citizens each month in their phone bills as a surcharge, reports TeddyStick.

Besides the complete lack of budget oversight, the program is filled with massive frauds and controversy. 10.6 million people are on the phone program, but according to the report, at least 36% of them are not even qualified for the benefits. Over 5,500 people had two phones and 6,400 of the phones being paid for turned out to belong to people who are deceased.

After testing the program, investigators submitted several fake applications. 12 of the 19 phone carriers approved the fraud. McCaskill said,

“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong.”

Considering that many carriers now offer low-cost plans that most everyone can afford, there is actually no longer need for this program.

 

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