An Obamacare operator was fired after she blurted out that no one liked the new health insurance program during a live interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity
, it was reported Thursday.
"'We can’t have this type of stuff going on here, so we have to release you,'" Erling Davis of Panama City, Fla., quoted one human resources official telling her the morning after her Monday interview with Hannity, according to Real Clear Politics, which posted a partial transcript
“They said that no contact with the media. No type of media whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do that at that company.”
But Davis told Hannity she’d never heard that directive during her training for the job, which started Sept. 23.
“I did not hear anything about that,” she said. “There were so many of us in a big group, you can only talk so loud.”
Still, Davis said she felt bad about the exchange with Hannity afterward.
“I’m just out here tryin’ to help everybody,” she said, according to the transcript. “[S]ome people are like, ‘Oh, you knew you shouldn’t have said that!’ And I’m just like, OK … I kinda felt bad about it. My gosh, I got fired.”
Hannity – who offered to pick up her $26,000 annual salary and help her find a new job – praised Davis for her calm under fire during the initial live interview.
“I was really impressed, and I said that to you on Monday,” he said. “You are patient, you are kind, you answered all our questions. You were totally honest ... It’s not your fault I called.”
Hannity then apologized for the entire situation and told her, “I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call … So I want to help you out here,” The Blaze reported
After talking to his accountant, Hannity discovered he can “legally gift” Davis a tax-free sum — $13,000 for her and $13,000 for one of her kids. The gift covers what would have been her full-time annual salary.
“I want to try and get you a new job,” Hannity continued. “I’m sure you want to get back to a normal routine.”
On Monday, Hannity dialed a toll-free number for Obamacare signups live on his show, and asked Davis if she’d spoken with anyone who liked the new health insurance program.
“Um, not really,” she replied, as Hannity chortled.
She also told Hannity that though she’d gotten three weeks of training for her operator job, she “couldn’t really do anything” for one of the training weeks — and advised Hannity he wouldn’t be able to sign up for a health insurance exchange for 42 hours because the website was down.
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