If you’re shopping at the new health insurance co-op in Tennessee, you could end up scoring more than just health insurance. You might even walk away with a free smartphone. Dare I call it an ObamaCare phone? Yeah, let’s go with that.
According to the Nashville Business Journal, Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance co-op, is offering “qualified individuals” an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, – all included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data.
Wait – what?
“Members will have the phone number for their CHA representative pre-loaded in their phones and can quickly get answers to questions about their policies,” said CHA Chief Operating Officer Judy Slagle in a news release. “At the same time, we will be able to connect with our members by phone, by email or by text almost instantly with health tips and reminders.”
The idea is to supposedly make it easier for providers and patients to stay connected, but it will also help CHA keep track of its member population, many of whom are expected to be new to the health insurance market.
To be eligible for a smartphone, after paying the first month’s premium, members must select a primary care physician from CHA’s network within 90 days of their coverage start date. Members must also sign and submit the Community Health Connection agreement and “pledge to stay connected for better health” within 90 days.
Okay, so here’s the dilemma: what about all those people who already have free phones? What about Obamaphone Lady? Will she get a discount on ObamaCare because she already has a free phone – courtesy of Team Obama?
These are important questions to be answered, America. Once you start giving away free stuff, it gets complicated. We must make sure that good Americans like Obamaphone Lady aren’t taken advantage of; you know, that they aren’t charged for something that is being given to others.