Food Stamps Now Come With Free Phones?
The food stamp program is in fact a food card program. To keep things efficient (and anonymous), welfare clients are issued their own debit cards for food. The stores get the digital money instantly.
This is now costing taxpayers $75 billion a year.
But add to this another $2 billion. Why? Because people on the food card program are eligible to have a free cell phone.
The federal government’s free cell phone program is called Lifeline. You are eligible is you get Medicaid, food cards, Head Start, and other federal programs.
Think of Lifeline as “phone stamps.”
It has been around for over 25 years.
You pay for it: the “Universal Service Charge” that is added to your phone bill.
Since 2000, the program has been booming.
In 2008, there were about 7 million participants. In 2009, this went to 8.6 million. That year, payments went over $1 billion. It is now growing fast. It’s around $2 billion now.
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