No one believes in Lifeline Assistance, the free government cell phone program, more than we do. As the French say, it’s our raison d’être, our reason for being.
The program has plenty of detractors who would like to see it ended. They argue that it costs too many taxpayer dollars. Of course, they are wrong because Lifeline isn’t funded with taxpayer dollars.
Unfortunately, even well-meaning supporters of the program often get the details wrong. For example, consider this statement in a recent Sacramento Bee newspaper editorial supporting the program:
“To be clear, low-income Americans do not get a “free government cellphone,” or as Rush Limbaugh phrases it, an “Obamaphone,” through the Lifeline program. They get small discounts, say 250 free minutes every month or a discounted monthly plan.”
Nice try, SacBee. But the fact of the matter is that everyone who qualifies for and is accepted into the Lifeline Assistance program gets a free cell phone. In fact, that’s one of the basic, most elementary facets of the program.
Let’s be clear that these are not the latest, state-of-the-art cell phones. They won’t be given Apple iPhones nor Google Androids, but they will be given perfectly good refurbished phones that they can use to talk to potential employers, communicate with physicians and other medical professionals, keep track their kids, and make emergency 911 calls.
Then, depending on the specific free government cell phone provider you choose, you will, as the Bee said, you will get 250 free minutes every month or a discounted monthly plan.
We appreciate your support, SacBee. But let’s get the facts straight so opponents of the program can’t play “Gotcha!”
Source: Sacramento Bee