The Cincinnati IRS singled out Tea Party members from seeking a non-profit status targeting them for their political and religious beliefs in May 2013. This time the targeting is against journalist and media who write the news.
As citizens all journalist are required to follow the law like any other red-blooded American and they too must apply for Obamacare, but as journalist they are censored from talking to phone operators about the Obamacare healthcare plan. Why is that?
A Nov. 1 article written in Poor Richard's News, "The Obamacare 1-800 hotline is way creepier than you think" states that reporter Jim Angle surprisingly found he is on a journalist watch list in which healthcare operators are not allowed to talk to callers whose occupation is journalism or media-related.
Reporter Jim Angle called the Healthcare.gov hotline number and gave his name and address, then he is put on hold. The operator comes back on the line and says you appear to be in the media.
A stunned Jim Angle says he was calling from an unlisted number and had given his personal cell phone as his home number. How did the government know? And better yet, why didn't they answer his questions.
The hotline operator said "an advanced resolution specialist" will call him in 2-5 business days according to @JimAngleFox online Tweet. Angle says, "That will be interesting."
Many more questions remain: "Are phone operators running ID checks on every caller? If so, how in the world did they pick out an unlisted number and identify the occupation of the caller? Are they checking every caller’s occupation, or do they just have a master list of journalists? I’m not actually sure which is creepier."
Perhaps this is a direct result of the Oct. 24, radio show phone call from Sean Hannity to the Healthcare.gov hotline in which he spoke to an operator by the name of Earline Davis. Hannity had called to ask how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. The government fired her for talking to Hannity and now journalist are forbidden altogether from asking operators questions about the new healthcare plan.
What happened to the Healthcare operator? Since Davis firing she appeared on the Hannity show and Hannity revealed he would give her a year's salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
What was Angle's on-air summary of the incident? "So the site seems to be more successful at identifying reporters than explaining the options and signing people up for health insurance."
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