An on-air call from Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity to the Obamacare hotline on Monday led to a world of hurt — followed by a life-altering offer — for the operator who answered the call.
Hannity — an outspoken opponent of Obamacare — dialed up the phone number and was connected to a woman named Earline Davis, a mother of two working for a private contractor.
Hannity proceeded to quiz Davis about technical issues facing the glitch-filled federal health-care website, while also engaging in some casual conversation during the 10-minute call.
The talkative operator filled Hannity in on the problems with the Healthcare.gov rollout and the hotline. She answered all of Hannity’s questions — none of which put a positive spin on Obamacare.
HANNITY: They’re really telling you to tell us to check back in on the website in off-hours. Does that mean that I should go on at like three in the morning?
DAVIS: It was saying early in the morning and late at night, but some people say they do that and still can’t get in.
HANNITY: So people are reporting to you the real deal?
DAVIS: Yes sir, they are.
HANNITY: Have you ever got anybody that really likes it yet?
DAVIS: Umm, no, not really.
And now, as a result of the negative publicity surrounding her high-profile chat with Hannity, Davis has been fired.
“They fired me from my job,” she told Hannity while being interviewed on his radio program Thursday.
For his part, Hannity told his radio listeners he would compensate Davis for her expected year's salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
Here's more of Hannity's conversation on Thursday with Davis:
DAVIS: “So, the next day I came back and they had, like, two people escort me upstairs to HR. And then it was three head people and me, we sat down, and so I’m like, ‘Why am I up here?’ I figured, OK, they want to talk about the phone call incident.”
HANNITY: “I’m very sorry that you had to go through that. I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call. So I want to help you out here.”
DAVIS: “I remember her saying, ‘We can’t have this type of stuff going on here, so we have to release you.' They said that no contact with the media. No type of media whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do that at that company.”
HANNITY: “It’s not your fault I called."
Hannity told Davis he would "gift" the money to her so she won't have to pay taxes on it.
And now the polite, composed and patient working mom joins the ranks of millions of other employment-seeking Americans.
If you can help Earline Davis find a new job, Sean Hannity wants you to email him at email@example.com.