People 'Not Educated' About Internet: Reid Tries to Explain ObamaCare Delay
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made some waves Wednesday by suggesting that the newest ObamaCare delay is needed because enrollees are just "not educated" enough about using the Internet. Earlier this week, the administration announced that individuals who have tried to sign up for ObamaCare can have an extension past the April 1 deadline to finish the sign-up process.
"We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and they didn't get through," Reid said, refusing to call the latest change in the law a "delay."
"There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time. ... The example they gave us is a 63-year-old woman came into the store and said, 'I almost got it. Every time I 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," he said.
Republicans are responding with harsh criticism of the administration, with some arguing the latest move stems from the White House not wanting to release lower-than-expected enrollment figures. Those who want an extension past April 1 do not even have to prove that they had already tried to sign up.
"The administration is now resorting to an honor system to enforce it. What the hell is this, a joke?" House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.
Watch Reid's comments above, along with some reaction from the Fox and Friends hosts.
On America's Newsroom, Bill Hemmer discussed the latest developments with Ellison Barber of the Washington Free Beacon. She said there are some applicants who may legitimately need an extension to sign up, but the administration is hurting its own credibility by not having any enforcement system in place.
"It's just sort of a free-for-all at this point. And I think that hurts them across the board because people don't trust what they're doing with this law and no one knows what to expect. Just weeks ago they were saying March 31st is gonna stay [as the deadline] and it hasn't," said Barber.
Watch the full discussion in the clip below:
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