Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had some insightful commentary on why Obamacare has been so fabulously halting in its botched rollout. Reid thinks one of the major problems with the online signup process is that people aren’t educated on how to use the internet:
We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up who didn’t get through. 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. It’s not — 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.
Believe me, Harry Reid, and mark my words: No one is blaming the Internet. Holy bat popcorn. I do agree with Harry on one thing, though. We can blame the failure that is Obamacare on stupidity. But let’s keep that epithet pointed where it’s accurate: at the Obama Administration particularly and Washington, D.C. generally speaking.
The fact is that Obama didn’t go on “Between Two Ferns” to get old people to sign up for Obamacare. He doesn’t have angry mom advertisements popping up all over the country to manipulate baby boomers into getting “web-savvy” enough to wade through the online signup process. No. All that was aimed at Millennials. And let me tell you, we are perfectly well educated when it comes to “the Internet.” If we wanted to sign up, we probably could.
It’s not the Internet or a lack of education concerning the Internet (Harry Reid excluded, of course) that is derailing Obamacare. There are two main reasons Obama has basically been forced to extend deadlines indefinitely and arbitrarily enforce code for this joke of a lumbering legislative monstrosity:
- Healthy people with jobs (the most important people to get signed up in the exchange) don’t want Obamacare because it sucks, and they don’t need it.
- Old people can’t get signed up because the multi-million dollar health exchange website doesn’t work. Maybe Obama should have gotten some people who were “educated on how to use the Internet” to design it.
Sorry, Harry Reid. But the problem (at least in this case) is not in the people. It’s mostly in you and your cronies. But we did elect you. So you’re right that the majority of us have been stupid. But we’re seeking to remedy that now. We should probably start by firing you.