Did Sean Hannity actually get a woman fired that worked for Obamacare? As a matter of fact, as Yahoo News reported Oct. 24, he did. But that isn't all the controversial conservative talk show host did for the woman.
Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Sean Hannity is an avid opponent of Obamacare, something that is no big secret. In fact, he opposes it so much that during his radio show Monday he called a Healthcare.gov operator to try and elicit some honest opinions from her (that would, of course, back up his beliefs). The helpful operator, who was part of the hotline provided for those with questions about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), not only provided answers to his questions but also her opinion -- and was subsequently fired.
"They fired me from my job," she told Hannity on his radio show Thursday.
She said the day after speaking with Hannity on his show, she was escorted to the human resources section at her work and was told that the company did not and could not allow employees to talk to the media. Hannity asked if she'd been forbidden to talk the media in her training (she started the job on Sept. 23). Davis said she hadn't heard anything like that. When Hannity asked the specific reason for her firing, Davis said that she was "released" for talking to the media.
Hannity, said, "It wasn't your fault I called."
He was correct. But she did answer his questions. And for doing so, Erling Davis, a mother of two, was fired.
So, in an effort to ameliorate Davis' new unemployment status, Sean Hannity did the unexpected. Having spoken with his accountant to get the particulars, he offered the former Healthcare.gov operator a year's salary ($25,000) as a gift.
Atlantic Wire recounted Hannity's words to Davis: "That's a year's salary tax free. So you don't have to pay taxes on that money."
So what exactly did she say that got her fired?
The hotline operator, Erling Davis, was employed by a private contractor to provide information on the health care exchanges. She answered the phone when Hannity, on his show Monday night, got through after calling the number provided for Healthcare.gov for those with questions about the Affordable Care Act. He started quizzing her on a few details, touching on all the problems that have beset Obamacare.
At one point, he simply asked: "Have you ever got anybody that really likes it yet?"
Davis' reply: "Ummm. No. Not really."
Still, as Atlantic Wire pointed out, Hannity came out on positive end of a bad situation. Yes, he got Erling Davis fired from her job. But he also got honest answers and a candid assessment of the current state of Healthcare.gov. It was a media coup, as it were. And then he nailed down some "feel-good" and "doing the right thing" points for gifting Davis a year's salary -- tax free.
Such things can go a long way in the public relations department. And Sean Hannity needed a little help there, especially after getting fact-checked and called out by Salon contributor Eric Stern for presenting all that manufactured evidence about how Obamacare was destroying the average American and small businesses on his show.
In the end, he didn't have to manufacture anything. All he had to do was make a phone call...