Mystery Obamacare Website Woman Is Identified

The former face of HealthCare.gov has come forward to talk.

This October 21, 2013 photo shows the US government internet health insurance exchange Healthcare.gov. US President Barack Obama on Monday defended his problem-plagued health reform plan, declaring at a White House event that, despite numerous glitches, the program is already helping many uninsured Americans. 'Let me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website,' Obama said, after the troubled online rollout of the plan. 'It's much more...You may not know it, but you're already benefiting from these provisions in the law.'AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER 
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Sophie Novack
Nov. 13, 2013, 2:51 a.m.

The wo­man whose face ap­peared on the Health­Care.gov homepage for the first sev­er­al weeks after the site was launched has come for­ward in an in­ter­view with ABC News.

Ad­ri­ana, whose photo was re­moved from the site about two weeks ago and whose full name was not re­leased, says she faced a great deal of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing fol­low­ing the troubled launch of the web­site.

“I’m here to stand up for my­self and de­fend my­self and let people know the truth,” she told ABC. “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 is a per­man­ent leg­al res­id­ent liv­ing in Mary­land with her hus­band and young son. She ini­tially con­tac­ted the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices to have free fam­ily pho­tos taken in ex­change for al­low­ing them to be used to mar­ket the Af­ford­able Care Act. She found out over the sum­mer that her photo would be used on the main page of the web­site.

Fol­low­ing the prob­lem­at­ic launch of Health­Care.gov, her face be­came sub­ject to im­mense spec­u­la­tion, par­tis­an hatred, Pho­toshop­ping, and jokes.

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