Monday, December 22, 2014

Obamacare stock photo woman says she was cyberbullied

The smiling woman who became the face of Obamacare and the horrible website that was supposed to make it available to the masses has broken her silence in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Obamacare stock photo woman says she was cyberbullied

This photo provided by HHS shows the main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. The government´s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews. (AP Photo/HHS)
This photo provided by HHS shows the main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. The government's new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews. (AP Photo/HHS)

The smiling woman who became the face of Obamacare and the horrible website that was supposed to make it available to the masses has broken her silence in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Revealing only her first name, Adriana spoke with ABC News' Amy Robach, talking about her family, her citizenship status, and the vitriol she's endured since the website went live on October 1st.

"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.

Check out the rest of the piece over at ABC News to hear about the Department of Health's decision to pull Adriana's photo and how she's attempting to move on from the fiasco. [ABC News]

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