Her face is known by millions. But the woman whose face greeted visitors at healthcare.gov for the period following its launch disappeared without a trace.
Conservative media was in a frenzy, with FOX News desperately reaching out to anyone who thinks she might look like their mother’s sister’s uncle’s friend’s cousin’s neighbor’s barber for information. FOX searched low and high, far and wide, for the woman who dared mock America on that evil Socialist web site. The legitimate journalists at FOX “combed the contact sheets of stock photo agencies, scoured social media and squinted at group shots of Democratic operatives, all to no avail.” In fact, FOX was able to glean but one official comment about the woman from a spokesman or the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services:
“The woman featured on the website signed a release for us to use the photo, but to protect her privacy, we will not share her personal or contact info with anyone.”
Well, that search is over!
Adriana, the woman who was once the face of the thing Conservatives love to hate, spoke out on ABC News. Adriana described her horrible experiences following the web site launch, saying that she was a victim of cyber bullying.
Who is Adriana? Just a regular, everyday woman. She describes herself as a “wife, and a mother,” who lives in Maryland with her husband and young child. Ariana specifies that she is not a professional model.
Adriana, as we will surely hear repeated ad nauseum on right wing media, is not a United States citizen. However, the Colombian is eligible to apply for healthcare via her permanent residency status.
In exchange for free family photos through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Adriana signed a release, permitting the photos’ use to “possibly” promote healthcare.gov. Over the summer, she learned that her photo would be used on the healthcare.gov web site.
She says she has faced harassment as a result of the photos, as shown by this Twitter account. Making a valiant effort to hold back tears, Adriana explained that she wanted to be there to get the story straight:
“It’s kind of like bullying. But at the same time I thought I had to do this for my child. I am here to stand up for myself and defend myself…”
Adriana told ABC News, “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.”
She’s right, of course, but logic is unfortunately a foreign concept to Adriana’s detractors.
Adriana she was relieved when her photo was replaced by four icons:
“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.”
Adriana says, now that it’s over, she can find some humor in the ordeal:
“They didn’t ruin my life. I still have a job, I’m still married. That didn’t really crush me to the ground. I’m fine. Now I laugh about it.”