Mystery Obamacare Woman Says She was ‘Cyberbullied’

Turns out she's a Maryland mom

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The Healthcare.gov website is displayed on a laptop computer arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

The mysterious face of Obamacare is actually a Maryland mom.

The woman whose face graced the Obama administration’s problem-plaged health insurance enrollment website told ABC News that she was harassed online in the weeks following the bungled Oct. 1 launch of the website. Identified by ABC only as Adriana, she said she her photo ended up on Healthcare.gov because she made a deal with the government agency that manages the site to have photos of her family taken in exchange for allowing them to be used to market the new health reform law.

But she said was lambasted by cyberbullies who associated her face with the politically divisive law. The photo was removed late last month and replaced with graphics. She said she was never paid for the photo.

“I mean, I don’t know why people should hate me because it’s just a photo,” she said. “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,”

Subject to late-night television jokes, photo-shopped images of her face and even speculation of her American citizenship, Adriana said she was speaking up to “let people know the truth.”

“They didn’t ruin my life. I still have a job, I’m still married,” she said said. “That didn’t really crush me to the ground. I’m fine. Now I laugh about it.”

The Maryland resident, a native of Colombia, is married with a 21-month-old son and has lived in the United States for more than six years. Adriana said her husband and son are U.S. citizens and she is currently a permanent resident applying for citizenship.

[ABC]

5 comments
bigfish80
bigfish80

The icing on the cake of Obamacare is the face of a person that isn't even a citizen!  Nice

RonanGarey
RonanGarey

Tea Partiers are disgusting and immoral people...Especially the one's that are obsessed with commenting on EVERY story online... They really do make the world a depressing and horrible place just witnessing their vileness of character. I wish they could just be Good people, help their neighbors, do right, that type of stuff... Unfortunately they're like the Taliban, self-absorbed and ignorant to others.

BruceStrong
BruceStrong

Wow, more free stuff from the Obama administration... thousands of people are signing up for Medicaid, what a SURPRISE! But still his poll numbers continue to drop... What can Obama do to revive his standing? Move to the center of the political spectrum and START to compromise; reduce ALL Federal spending, reduce TAXES, approve the Keystone pipeline, stop NSA spying, modify or eliminate ACA, the list is endless...

barneydidit
barneydidit

@BruceStrong What other "free stuff" is there from Obama Bruce? Oh, and BTW, Medicaid isn't "free" You pay for it from taxes when you were working (just like the Medicare program all those Tea Partiers warned Obama to keep his government hands off of)

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