Community Health Alliance, Tennessee's health insurance co-op, is running a unique promotional program to drive enrollment in its plans for sale on the exchange: health insurance in exchange for a smartphone.Even Ezra Klein acknowledges that the launch of ObamaCare is "a big failure":
As part of its Community Health Connection Program, CHA is offering qualified individuals an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data..
Robert Gibbs, clearly not a harsh critic of Obama, has called the launch "excruciatingly embarrassing":
CNN reporter Elizabeth Cohen has been unable to sign up despite two weeks of trying to do so:
It's one thing for Obama to have promised a state-of-the-art method for signing up for health insurance, quite another matter entirely to come up with a system that works as advertised.
Additional information: Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are (Forbes) and From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal (New York Times).