"Did you know that you are required by law to have health insurance? Do you need help obtaining health insurance under ObamaCare? Press ONE to speak to a representative authorized to help you find affordable insurance. Press TWO to be removed from this list."
Oh yippee. You can bet I pushed all sorts of buttons and gave out all my credit card information, just as I did to those helpful people from the United States Computer Security Department who apparently were calling from our government offices in Bangalore.
Recently I've been dealing with stupid robo-dialing robots saying they have an important message for Elf or his parent. Several times a day, some company I'd never heard of would call.
A bill arrived from this company finally, explaining they were the billing agency working with the hospital we visited in November for Elf. The bill was for the exact amount of a check I'd already received from the insurance company and so on. So it was legit.
I spoke with a representative about the inappropriateness of the excessive phone calls, particularly in light of the fact that I hadn't received the bill/explanation yet. She was quite a lovely person and she did understand my exasperation. I wound up spending I think about half an hour with her on the phone.
Do you know how she began working for this bill-collecting company? She had breast cancer and they started hounding her. She told them she would happily pay, if only she had a job. And they gave her one. That was four years ago and she is still happily employed.
I guess that phone conversation didn't go as I had planned it!