“I see dead people” is a line from a famous Bruce Willis movie and today it sounds like you just might be able to hear dead people too, as they are getting cell phones from a federal backed program called Life Line. Washington law-makers are saying today that “dead people don't need cell phones,” so this is why they are looking to rein in this program so that the phones go to those in need and those who are alive, according to Fox News on March, 11, 2013.
Life Line was started in the 80s and it was devised to offer phone hook-up for low-income people. It later went from land-lines to cell phones, keeping up with the technology today. The problem with this program is that folks are getting these cell phones that shouldn't. People are using deceased people's names to get a phone. Apparently this loosely structured program needs to tighten up its application process.
Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas wants this program reformed. He said he's heard of people bragging about having 10 free cell phones. Griffin addressed the problems with Life Line and told Fox News that there's a lot of waste in this program. He also asked “where do we draw the line?” He asked what's next, does everyone get an iPad and computer. Griffin asked, "is this really a role the federal government should be playing?"
The cost of the Life Line program tripled to $2.2 billion in 2012 from $819 million back in 2008. It is apparently costly for dead people to reach out beyond the grave with a phone call!