It’s not you that people hate, it’s Obama. It’s just when people have their lives turned upside down sometimes they might lash out.
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.
Yet another victim of ObamaCare. But how can someone be cyberbullied if nobody knew who she was?
On Oct. 1, 2013, when the ACA’s website launched to enroll Americans in health insurance through federally run exchanges, it was Adriana’s face that greeted them.
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.
“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 was a wife and mother who lived 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 said she had lived in the U.S. for more than six years, was currently a permanent resident and was applying for citizenship.
She was relieved when the Obama morons took her photo down, although they continue to spin that her troubles had nothing to do with it. Is there anything these people won’t lie about? And how is it in a nation of over 300 million people they couldn’t find a citizen to pose for the site?
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.
Dynamic? Is that another word for completely useless? Speaking of the website, don’t expect it to be working any time soon, especially by November 30, when Obama insisted it would work.
This inside view of the halting nature of HealthCare.gov repairs is emerging as the insurance industry is working behind the scenes on contingency plans, in case the site continues to have problems. And it calls into question the repeated assurances by the White House and other top officials that the insurance exchange will work smoothly for the vast majority of Americans by Nov. 30. Speaking in Dallas a week ago, President Obama said that the “Web site is already better than it was at the beginning of October, and by the end of this month, we anticipate that it is going to be working the way it is supposed to, all right?”