Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid denied any hiccups or delays in the Obamacare enrollment process, before blaming the obvious hiccups and delays on people “not educated on how to use the Internet.”
Reid spoke at a Wednesday news conference about Obamacare enrollment, which was set to close at the end of March. But lackluster sign-up numbers and continuing Healthcare.gov glitches pushed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delay that deadline this week — reneging on a promise she made before Congress just two weeks before.
Democratic leadership has struggled to explain why, despite their rosy predictions, enrollment hasn’t turned out as expected. And when a reporter asked Reid whether the “hiccups and delays” of the law “give the other side fodder,” the Nevada senator’s frustration became apparent.
“There’s no hiccup or delay!” Reid yelled, interrupting the question. “We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up, and they didn’t get through.”
The majority leader noted a recent “wonderful piece on public radio” about Connecticut, which has apparently seen some enrollment success by setting up brick-and-mortar stores for people to visit and purchase insurance.
“There are some people who are not like my grandchildren, who can handle everything so easy on the Internet,” Reid explained. “And these people need a little extra time. The example they gave is, a 63-year-old woman came in and said ‘I almost got it, [but] every time I was just about got there, it would cut me off.'”
“We have a lot of people just like this, through no fault of the Internet, but because people are not educated on how to use the Internet,” the senator concluded.
[h/t Washington Free Beacon]
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