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Obamacare Enrollees Accidentally Told To Call Phone-Sex Numbers Instead!

People calling healthcare exchange got more than just insurance!
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According to reports, it’s happened numerous times, and often with hilarious results!

The noted comedian Rita Rudner once said,  ” if you call someone, and get one of the 7 digits wrong, shouldn’t you at least get to talk to somebody you know?”

In this case, according to CNS News Thursday, the feds don’t always pay attention when giving people important numbers to call.

At least 7 times since 2008,  major snafus across the country resulted from citizens being given the numbers that sent them to phone-sex sites, instead of the desired federal, state or local agency.

Californians trying to sign up for healthcare through the exchange recently were instead greeted with the following, according to CNS:

“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.”

Apparently, referencing Ms. Rudner’s comment, the CA Healthcare Exchange phone number was off by ONE digit, but it made all the difference.   In 2012, in Florida, citizens were urged to call a toll-free number to obtain information about a fungal meningitis outbreak, but instead were greeted by a sultry female voice who directed concerned citizens to a list of “naughty” options.   Last year, Floridians who tried to call a Lake County domestic violence hotline information number were directed to a sex line instead. No word if the naughty lady knew anything about fungal meningitis.

But it doesn’t stop there.   In October, 2013,  the city of San Francisco established a toll-free complaint line residents could call about noise from the annual NIKE Women’s Marathon.  The number was 1-800-RUN-NIKE. But instead of being able to register a complaint,  callers were told to “unzip that fly, baby.”
  And, it went “on” from there…

There are numerous other examples, but we will end with the January, 2013 event in Colorado.  Officials discovered a phone number originally set up to obtain child seat information had been changed and converted to – you guessed it – a phone sex company.  According to the Denver Post Newspaper, and KDVR-TV, the phone number in question was:  1-877-LUV-TOTS…..are they sure it wasn’t TARTS?   Well, that would have been too many digits!

 

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