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Harry Reid makes excuse for Obamacare website glitches

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON — Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he knows why people across the country have been reporting tech problems all day Tuesday while trying to use the new Obamacare websites.

During a celebration of President Obama’s health care law with liberal activists inside the Capitol, the Nevada Democrat said all the reported glitches are signs that law is popular.

“The biggest challenge we have today around America is keeping our websites up because of the volume,” Reid said.

The Obamacare exchanges for Americans to buy health insurance opened Tuesday. But there have been widespread reports that people have been unable to access the sites and sign up for plans.

Citing Google, Reid said he isn’t worried.

“I had a meeting less than a year ago out in California — San Francisco — with one of the original founders of Google,” Reid said. “He told me when they first came online, they had problems because too many people wanted to use Google. Their computers kept crashing.”

Reid added: “Well, we had a few problems today. Why? Because in New York alone, in the first few hours, two and half million people wanted to sign up.”

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