Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 22, 2013
Fox News and talk radio host Sean Hannity devoted an entire segment on his afternoon radio show to “signing” up for Obamacare, and received some pretty startling answers about what the healthcare exchange representatives actually know about the program.
The segment started with Hannity calling into the toll-free line using the phone number President Obama mentioned in his White House Rose Garden speech Monday, to which he was amazed that he actually got through to a live representative.
Unfortunately, that was about the only good news Hannity received during the call – as the representative, Erling Davis, promptly informed him that the online system would be down for an additional 42 hours.
“Right now from what I heard, our system is down for the next 42 hours. So no one is able to get in, but if they call us we can help them fill out an application as long as they went online to create an account first,” Davis told Hannity.
“Yes sir and I understand your frustration and we get calls like this every day but we just encourage people to not give up and just try until they get in,” she added after Hannity expressed his disappointment over that news.
Hannity then had Davis read from one of the call scripts she was instructed to use during the calls.
“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,” Davis read. “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 also told Hannity that she had just started on the job late last month, and that she has employer healthcare – thus exempting her from the expensive healthcare program she’s being paid to sell to the American people.
She was also unaware of the costs associated with Obamacare, such as the fact that premiums for many people will more than double or that the government spent somewhere along the lines of $634 million to create the now-broken healthcare exchange website.
“Did you know how much the government spent on that website?” Hannity asked. “Isn’t that crazy? Did you know the president promised the average family was going to save $2,500 dollars, and the average increase is $7,500 a year?”
“Oh my gosh I don’t know what to say, I did not know that. That’s a lot of money,” Davis said.
Listen to the entire exchange below.