A phone operator for the Affordable Care Act health care exchanges sign-up says she was fired after speaking on the air with radio host and Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity three days earlier.
After President Obama gave out the toll-free number on Monday for people to call if they were having trouble with the HealthCare.gov website, Hannity called up while doing his radio show and was connected with phone operator Erling Davis, who works for a private contract company.
They spoke for about 10 minutes, with Hannity quizzing her about the problems with the website and the script she was told to read to people calling in with complaints.
He also asked her broader political questions, such as did she know how much money was spent setting up the website and what Obama had promised people about the new health care law, and engaged in some small talk with her about things like the weather in Florida and her voting status -- she's not registered.
Davis revealed Thursday on Hannity's show that she'd been fired because of the conversation.
She explained what the person in human resources told her: "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 told Davis that he'd compensate her for a year's salary and try to help her find a new job, saying, "It's not your fault I called."
-- Joe Kelley is the morning news host for WDBO News 965 in Orlando