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Deaf California residents seeking Obamacare rates are connected to sex chat line

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

California residents who are deaf but were trying to call the insurance provider, Covered California, to compare Obamacare rates in complete enrollment before the deadline were in some cases mistakenly connected to a sex chat line.

The two numbers — one to a Teletype line that helped the deaf discern Obamacare costs and the other to a sex chat company — were just one digit different, CBS Sacramento reported. So plenty of those seeking health care information dialed the wrong number and were fed the line: "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," The Daily Mail said.

One resident, Jeff Brown, said he dialed the line for the deaf — or thought he did — only to find himself on the chat line. He then hung up, thinking he dialed the incorrect number, and dialed again — with same result, The Daily Mail reported.

Covered California spokesman Roy Kennedy at first tried to deny the sex chat number had been listed on the company's contact list. But he then admitted it, The Daily Mail said.

"After investigating it further, we are reviewing the shop-and-compare tool as an incorrect number," he said. "We're currently working to correct the problem."

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