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Health Department Sends Obamacare Callers to Cupcake Shop, Hell’s Kitchen

Well, I suppose this is better than the federal help line spelling out 1-800-F***Yo.

According to the New York Post, the state Health Department has offered up a list of contacts that prospective Obamacare customers can dial to begin the enrollment process.

The problem being, a good portion of those contacts are phone numbers to businesses that having nothing to do with health services.

One such business, Brooklyn Cupcake, is trying to figure out why people are asking about pre-existing conditions, as opposed to deciding on vanilla or chocolate frosting.

In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites — including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers.

“I have nothing to do with this,” said Carmen Rodriguez owner of Brooklyn Cupcake in Williamsburg. “I run a very busy establishment, and I’m like, what is going on?”

Because of the mistake, her bakery has gotten 150 calls from people seeking medical-insurance information.

“There has to be somebody who can help with ObamaCare; that’s their own mess,” she said.

Other businesses seeing their phone lines tied up by Obamacare customers: A limo rental service in Red Hook, an auto repair shop in Sunset Park, a skin care business, another bakery, a pharmacy, and a deli located inside Hell’s Kitchen.

How apropos, for somebody signing up for Obamacare to be directed to Hell’s Kitchen.

A spokesman at the Health Department told the Post that the list is being corrected.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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