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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Viral video touting free 'Obama phone' puts spotlight on federal program
A viral video of an Obama supporter touting her “Obama phone” has put
the spotlight on an obscure federal program that provides discounted
phone service to qualifying low-income Americans.
“Keep Obama as president,” the animated woman says on the video. “He gave us a phone.”
The video is drawing attention to the government program — Lifeline —
as a national debate unfolds on entitlements and the growing percentage
of Americans who pay no income taxes and get a long menu of government
benefits. But even though some beneficiaries may credit President Obama
for providing the phones, Lifeline is an extension of a program that has
existed since 1985. Still, critics including Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.,
note the program has swelled from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion.
“It's a government-run, taxpayer-funded program that's running wild
and costing more and more,” reads Griffin’s official House of
Private carriers who contract with the government, including
TracPhone and Sprint, have websites intended to publicize the program.
Some attempt to dispel the program’s connection to the president, such
as freegovernmentcellphones.net, while others, including obamaphone.net,
“The free Obama phone is an important program, especially for low
income families that would otherwise not have access to basic
communications,” the homepage of obamaphone.net reads.