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Sean Hannity Gives $26K to Erling Davis, Obamacare Phone Operator Fired for Talking to Him

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Earline Davis

Fox News host Sean Hannity is coming to the rescue of Erling Davis, the Obamacare hotline operator who was fired after she spoke on his show Monday. Hannity is giving her the equivalent of a year’s salary, $26,000, and vowing to help her find a new job through his listeners.

Davis, who is from Panama City, Florida, went on Hannity’s show again yesterday to discuss the details of her termination. 

“I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call… So I want to help you out here,” Hannity sais.

The host said his accountant told him he can “legally gift” Davis a tax-free sum of $13,000 for her and $13,000 for one of her two kids. The total of $26,000 would cover her full-time annual salary.

“You were kind, patient, helpful. You answered every question,” Hannity told Davis yesterday. “Wasn’t that what your job was, to answer the questions? The president gave out the number.”

“Yes, sir. That was,” she answered.

“Did they ever tell you that you can’t answer questions on a radio show? Was that part of your training?” he asked her.

“No, sir. I never knew about that,” she responded.

During the call on Monday, after Hannity complained that he had been unable to create an account at the healthcare website,, Davis told him the registration system would be “down” for 42 hours.

“I understand your frustration,” she said. “We get calls like this everyday, but we just encourage people to not give up and just try until you get in. But nobody won’t be able to get in until like 42 hours later.”

Davis told Hannity she had been provided a script to read to callers advising them of the glitches. Hannity persuaded her to read it aloud.

“Thanks for your interest in the health insurance marketplace. We are having a lot of visitors trying to use our website right now. This is causing some glitches for some people trying to create an account or log in. Keep trying and thanks for your patience. You might have better success during off-peak hours like later at night or early in the morning. We’ll continue working to improve the site so you can get covered,” Davis said the script reads.

“They told us there is a script for everything, so we just type in key words and lookup that script and then we read it to the consumer,” she added.

The day after that on-air conversation, Davis told Hannity she was escorted into human resources on Tuesday and she spoke by speakerphone to “one of the head ladies,” who told her “we can’t have that type of stuff at the job and that we have to release you.”

“That’s when I put my badge down on the desk,” she added.

Davis said she had the job for about five weeks.

“I’m not really sure why they did this. You were on my radio show today. I feel terrible about this for you,” Hannity said. “we set up a special site — e-mail on my website, [email protected]. It’s been overwhelming and we’ll send the e-mails to you. People want to send you stuff…People are stepping up. We already have one job offer we know of for you. We’ll pass it all on as quickly as we can.”

“What is your reaction to people wanting to help you this way?” he asked.

“I wasn’t really expecting much of anything. But it’s a blessing from God,” she said. “So I’m really happy.”

“Are you surprised that Kathleen Sebelius still has her job and you got fired for doing yours?” Hannity said.

“Yes, sir,” Davis answered.

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25 thoughts on “Sean Hannity Gives $26K to Erling Davis, Obamacare Phone Operator Fired for Talking to Him

  1. Way to go Sean! Your a good man

  2. Well…
    1) If you talk while an automated thing is on, it won't work.
    2) When a HIGH volume of people get on a website at once, the website will crash, and not work. That's common knowledge and happens to every site.
    So don't mislead and act like it's some big shocker.

  3. Caressa Kao says:

    YES he is !!!

  4. Guy Maxfield says:

    She May Have A Case For Sueing.

  5. Guy Maxfield says:

    Basicly He Set Her Up And He Knows It… That Is Why He PAid Her A Years Salry.

  6. No he didn't. She's an adult and I'm sure she knew the risks she was taking going on the show and talking about it. He didn't force her to go.

  7. Tom Anderson says:

    Yes, she can sue the hhs for firing her for being honest.

  8. Excellent article, I hope we get an update. This woman deserves all the blessings God has shown her after she became another liberal pawn!

  9. Interesting she gets fired for reading a script prepared by someone else. Sounds like she performed exactly as trained. Shame on the company she worked for.

  10. Ernie Kaputnik says:

    The "company" she was working for was the US government.

  11. Ernie Kaputnik says:

    Whatever, dude. But hey, if it makes you happy, keep making excuses for your "Lord and Savior", Barry Obama.

  12. Karen Morales says:

    Blame her trainers and training,….they should have had a plan for media calls and such. Our hospital trains employees about media issues and HIPPA….so don't blame Shaun he told her up front who he was and that they were on the radio. Don't blame her for them not training her properly.

  13. Shirley Swanepoel says:

    God bless this girl. God bless Hannity.

  14. That makes sense. Sebelius messed up for five years, but this woman admitted it publicly for five seconds. Of course the woman without inside connections would lose her job. That’s how big government works.

  15. Guy Maxfield says:

    you may have a point…. but still

  16. It makes me wonder if there is some sort of hidden agenda in the affordable healthcare act if someone gets fired for telling the truth. I could maybe see something like this happening if it was a private company, but we're already paying for this in our taxes, so we should get the truth through hotlines like this.

  17. Tina Hatch says:

    Mitchell Herrin, and like you not all adults are smart. He set her up knowing she would get fired because that would make his store even better. and as you see it has. Everone has jumped all over it. Even you smart guy.

  18. Eric Vincent says:

    Define "high" volume. As best we can tell, there are a dozen states that ZERO people have signed up for. Yeah, they've had some hits, but name me a private company with $600 million that can't support a few million people, with 3 years to prepare.

    Poor design, poor execution, last minute changes, and a poor cover up…ends up costing us what will end up being close to $1 billion. So the poorest part of all, will be those paying taxes, and more importantly those who end up having to pay for Obamacare.

  19. Sandra Myers says:

    sean know he set her up but that's what we deal with today when we have unprepared young adult who do not know they are being set up by the right.

  20. Pamela Anne says:

    Peter Dent – did you know he got her multiple job offers and pad her a full years salary out of hist own pocket — which she does not have to pay taxes on? She could have refused to talk to him.

  21. Pamela Anne says:

    Peter Dent – did you know he got her multiple job offers and pad her a full years salary out of hist own pocket — which she does not have to pay taxes on? She could have refused to talk to him.

  22. Mark Bernstein says:

    She got a better job than the one she had, and a year's salary without working, and she was happy enough to keep talking to him in a friendly way after the situation occurred, but you still find a totally illogical way to complain, just to complain about a conservative.

  23. Brian Shoop says:

    This story is about 3 weeks old. Thank you Sean.

  24. Brian Shoop says:

    This story is about 3 weeks old. Thank you Sean.


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