Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “People Just Are Not Educated On How To Use The Internet”

According to, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pegged problems with people being able to signup on, by saying people just “are not educated on how to use the Internet.”

“We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and they didn’t get through,” Reid said during a press conference, before describing the difficulties people have with the Internet in general.

“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.



  1. says

    This idiot operates on the premise that all people are stupid so this is no shock to read that he said something stupid like this.

    So, it’s not the web designers or servers fault that the Obamacare website didn’t work, it the users fault? Okay, thanks for clearing that up for me.

  2. says

    @Rob – I would not discount that statement as ‘stupid’. Many seniors or less savvy would have trouble operating the proverbial VCR, let alone interact with a web site. Not to discount the political agenda, but I am certain there is plenty of truth in that claim. Ideally, the Census bureau should have taken care of two birds with one stone, delivering important info and solutions door to door or by mail.

  3. John Berryhill says

    Acro, use of the website wasn’t required anyway. People seeking to purchase private insurance through their state exchange or through the federal exchange (if their state didn’t have one) could do so by phone, in person, or by mail.

    If by “seniors” you mean people over the age of 65 – the point is irrelevant since they are already covered by Medicare, and the exchange marketplaces don’t, as far as I know, include offerings of private supplemental coverage.

  4. BrianWick says

    Even though it appears that obamacare 2.0 will be going a different direction than web 2.0 , you put on those boxing gloves Dirty Harry – and fight for and keep reinventing your voter base :)

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