The idea behind LIfeLine was that you can't get a job if you don't have a phone, you need the phone to set up interviews, and to receive calls from the prospective employer.
It was expanded to cell phones, which makes sense, and now it's undergoing closer scrutiny and the cost is dropping.
It's still a good idea, and it's weak points are being addressed. I don't think Obama made this his focus, or even spent any time on it. You may want to blame him, and I like the way try to shift it, like when Bush was president it was Pelosi and Reid, but now with Boehner it's all Obama.
It's been around for 29 years...