- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday defended the Obama administration’s decision to let people finish their Obamacare applications after the Monday deadline, saying some Americans simply “are not educated on how to use the Internet.”

“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 Nevada Democrat said at a press conference on the Democratic agenda.

He cited an anecdote out of Connecticut, where in-person assistants helped a 63-year-old woman sign up for an Obamacare plan after she could not do it on her own on the computer.

“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.

Mr. Reid proved Wednesday he is quite adept at using the Internet, tweeting: “Have you ever seen Republicans try to do anything constructive about helping people get health care? They just oppose everything.”

He said the administration would have been criticized, anyway, if it had not extended more time. He also accused Republican critics of preventing Senate Democrats from adding graduate medical school slots to educate more primary doctors.

“So they’re talking out both sides of their mouth with a bunch of drivel,” he said.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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