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Obama-Care’s ‘Face’ – A Victim Of Cyberbullies

From ABC News:

Exclusive: Obamacare’s Mystery Woman Says She Fell Victim to Cyberbullies

By ABBY D. PHILLIP | November 13, 2013

The smiling woman who was once the face of the Affordable Care Act’s website has come out of the shadows to stand up to the "cyberbullying" she says she suffered after the law’s flawed kickoff.

Speaking exclusively to ABC News, Adriana, who asked that only her first name be used, said she was speaking out now to defend herself after weeks of enduring online lampooning.

"They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying," Adriana told ABC News’ Amy Robach. "I’m here to stand up for myself and defend myself and let people know the truth," she said…

Dubbed the "enigmatic Mona Lisa of health care," her face was soon mocked, Photoshoped, altered. She became the subject of late-night jokes, partisan hatred and intense speculation.

The saga of the photo started innocuously enough. Seeking free family photographs, Adriana emailed a contact at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, about having photos of her and her family taken in exchange for allowing the photos to be used to market the new health care law.

She was never paid.

Huh? She was so desperate to get photos of her family she contacted a government agency? Who would even think of doing that?

She learned over the summer that her photo would be on healthcare.gov’s main page, but she didn’t realize it would become so closely associated with the problems of the glitchy website.

"I mean, I don’t know why people should hate me because it’s just a photo. I didn’t design the website. I didn’t make it fail, so I don’t think they should have any reasons to hate me," Adriana told ABC News.

Speculation swirled that Adriana might not be a legal resident of the United States, and therefore not even eligible for the health care exchanges. Adriana said she is a wife and mother who lives in Maryland with her 21-month-old son and husband of six and a half years. Her husband is a U.S. citizen, as is his her son. Adriana, who is Colombian, said she has lived legally in the U.S. for more than six years, is currently a permanent resident and is applying for citizenship.

Though she is eligible for healthcare through the ACA, Adriana says she hasn’t signed up for it, and is neither in favor nor against it.

She said that while she knew her photo would be used on the healthcare.gov website, she was stunned at the negative reception.  "Like I said it was shocking. It was upsetting. It was sad. We were having a hard day when we read all this," she said. "And in a way, I’m glad that my son is not old enough to understand, because you know whatever happens to you, it hurts them too."

About two weeks ago, her photo was removed from the site and replaced by several icons. "That was a relief," she said. "They took the picture down. I wanted the picture down, and they wanted the picture down. I don’t think anybody wanted to focus on the picture."

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services said that Adriana’s photo was removed because "Healthcare.gov is a dynamic website," not because she requested it…

Whew. We were worried that the government might care about people’s feelings.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama-Care’s ‘Face’ – A Victim Of Cyberbullies”

  1. JohnMG

    She thinks SHE’S been abused! Why, Obama himself got “burned” by the website’s faulty roll-out. And HE’S the pResident.

  2. My faith in Big Government is shattered. How will I ever recover?

  3. canary

    Obama care’s poster Columbian Adriana needs to get insurance for her bio-polar disorder or schizoid behavior. .

    I’m sure she could afford family photos and how does she one minute want photos of her young son, but glad he’s too young to know his picture was taken? Are we to believe she was going to keep it secret from him?

    Who the heck wakes up one day and decides I think I’ll contact Obama Care and see if we can get our photos on the new website. Did she have any competition or did she have a relative she doesn’t want us to know.

    She had to roll over laughing when she saw Colbert professing he had a crush on her and went to the site for hours just to see her face.

    “she said. “And in a way, I’m glad that my son is not old enough to understand, because you know whatever happens to you, it hurts them too.””

    I’m sure she’ll tell him all about it his for the rest of his life as she continues her career in show-biz.

    She is probably calling comedian Colbert’s show non-stop trying to get on his show after all the good publicity he gave her.




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