Claim: The toll-free phone number for the "Obamacare national call center" spells out a crude phrase.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2013]
Is it true that the nationwide phone number for Obamacare is
Origins: Back in July 2013, prior to the opening of PPACA-created state- and federal-run insurance exchange marketplaces on
Call us right now to get your Marketplace questions answered by a customer service representative, available 24/7: 1-800-318-2596
On 3 October 2013, the Daily Caller reported that the "Obamacare's national call center" phone number could also be rendered as
Although 800-318-2596 is the correct phone number for the Health Insurance Marketplace
customer service line, and turning its digits into letters as they are found on
telephone keypads does produce the phrase
not represented by a letter on standard U.S. telephone keypads.
Technically, the 800-318-2596 phone number cannot correctly be rendered as
Additionally, the 800-318-2596 phone number wasn't selected by the current administration, as it has been used as a toll-free government number for providing information about Medicare plans since at least as far back as 1999.
The current assignee of the
Last updated: 7 October 2013