Sean Hannity isn’t generally a fan of handouts, but he’s made an exception for the Obamacare call-center worker who was fired from her job after talking to him.
Hannity says he’ll give $25,000 to Earline Davis, a mother of two, who was sacked after Hannity asked her questions about the Affordable Care Act on his radio program earlier this week.
“I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our phone call,” Hannity told Davis during a follow-up interview. “I’m very sorry you had to go through that.” Davis agreed to speak with Hannity over the radio and said she was never told that speaking to the media wasn’t allowed.
Hannity figured that Davis’ hourly wage added up to a salary of about $25,000 for a year’s work, which he offered to pay. That wasn’t all: “I want to try and get you a new job,” he told her.
The gifts come with plenty of political baggage, of course. A champion of right-wing causes, Hannity has been an outspoken critic of President Obama and his healthcare initiatives. He wasn’t ringing up the call center to find out details of his health coverage; he was attempting to prove that the insurance program is dysfunctional and should be abandoned.
Hannity probably won’t miss the money. In 2008, he signed a radio deal that was worth an estimated $100 million over five years.
That’s quite a bit more than Davis makes, although Hannity described her estimated $13-an-hour wage as “pretty decent.”
What do you think of Hannity and his gifts to the Obamacare worker?