November 13th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
9 months ago

Face of Obamacare feels bullied

(CNN) - She was the face of Obamacare, a Halloween costume and the butt of jokes and attacks across the political spectrum. But she’s also a Colombian émigré named Adrianna.

“I deserve a chance to tell people who I am and not just let everybody else say whatever they want,” the woman identified by ABC News as the so-called "Obamacare girl” told the network on Wednesday.

The mystery of the Obamacare Girl

Asking that her last name be kept private, Adrianna told ABC that she is not a professional model.

“I'm a mother and I'm a wife,” she said.

Nor was she paid for becoming the temporary face of HealthCare.gov, agreeing to model in exchange for free family photographs that could be used the promote the website. The online federal insurance exchange has since been changed and Adrianna’s face is no longer the marquee image.

Adrianna, who says she’s a permanent resident of the United States, had some idea how her image would be used but little concept of the fallout, she said.

“We signed the release that said it was supposedly going to be used for material promoting the healthcare,” she said. “We just didn't know that it was going to have a negative impact.”

The impact, Adrianna said of mockery online and on-air, amounts to bullying. Which is why “I’m here to stand up for myself and defend myself.”

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    “We just didn't know that it was going to have a negative impact.”
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    Bullying is part of the republican DNA. They do everything to denigrate and intimidate people. Prime example: Chris Christie

    November 13, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Donna

    I don't understand why the web site does put up the face of Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the face of every single Democrat that voted for this disatser? They should recieve full credit for their self inflicted disaster. Come Democrats, TAKE OWNERSHIP!!!

    November 13, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Bullying and intimidation by supporters of the right wing was to be expected. How else would you expect them to act? Congratulate her, and take a selfie with her. Nope. She's an iconic target for their rage against reality and the inevitable, which is their self-imposed extinction. The right keeps painting itself into a smaller and smaller corner until one day they are going to run out of floor space, which means no one will be left standing.

    November 13, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. John D

    So, we have a website developed for the U.S. government by Canadians and the face on the website is a permanent resident Columbian. Seems when Obama made his jobs pivot his feet landed outside of the U.S.

    November 13, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Do you know the worst thing this nation is hurting is with GOP garbage, and bs on this Healthcare Law. Period.

    November 13, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    John D

    So, we have a website developed for the U.S. government by Canadians and the face on the website is a permanent resident Columbian. Seems when Obama made his jobs pivot his feet landed outside of the U.S.
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    That same Canadian company was also behind many of the state exchanges, including the successful one in West Virginia. I find it extremely odd that they can roll out so many successful web sites at the state level, and yet the most important of them all, the federal site, is completely and totally botched. I find that to be most unusual. I sense skullduggery at work.

    November 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. just saying

    poor woman... i feel her pain. she is getting shafted by obamacare just like the rest of america. that's what she gets for trusting them with her image. as it turns out, all they need was a picture of a cow pie for the main page.

    November 13, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Greg W.

    Anybody else find it ironic that they used the picture of someone who isn't a natural born American?

    November 13, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @John D,

    Sorry to put a damper on your bigotry, but the article says:

    "Adrianna, who says she’s a permanent resident of the United States"

    Of course, John, she COULD be lying. You'd better find out, for America's sake! Go! Hurry!

    November 13, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. ST

    @Donna
    I do not understand why the website can't put the face of Donna to show her to people how she is against people to be insured and get helped. This young lady was there putting her smile to show each and every individual that they will be smiling like her after they get helped. How nice to show Donna's gloomy face on the website showing that she is not happy to see people get helped.

    November 13, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. A True Conservative

    Exactly John – and what does the left go after? Someone may have made comments that made the poor woman feel bad. It's not about her – it's about a President and Congress that are out of control and doing terrible damage to this nation. It's about a failed citzenry that elected this unqualified man – twice. We knew nothing about him....transcripts sealed....Harvard Law Review....nothing published....votes as an elected official "present".....c'mon....how can you possibly vote for someone for President simply because he reads a good speech from a teleprompter....

    November 13, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. barryinlasvegas

    She wouldn't be complaining if the web site operated as advertised – so it's hard to feel sorry for her. She was paid – regardless of the type of payment – she agreed to it.

    And to those idiots claiming it's republicans beating up on a woman – give me a break – it's the Democrats from both houses running to the White House and complaining about the mess they voted for called Obamacare. We could change it to Democratcare.

    November 13, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Not surprising. It's what they do.

    November 13, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    That's because they don't direct their wrath at the true cause........Obama himself.

    November 13, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Donna

    Do you have a tattoo of Bush , Cheney , Rumsfeld , WMDs ? on your back ?

    Chill out Donna , nobody has yet died or lost a limb over the Affordable Healthcare Act .

    Did you figure out the moral of Green Eggs An Ham yet ?

    November 13, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    They're angry, pathetic, low-class monsters who also attacked the Obama girls so why wouldn't they attack an unknown website face?

    Pretty low by any standard.

    November 13, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. truth hurts but reality bites

    Wow... all she got was some free pictures? Talk about being taken advantage of by these people. They spent hundreds of millions of our tax dollars and they couldn't treat this woman right when it came to paying her properly? Women??? What say YOU?! I truly believe this woman was exploited by these people.

    November 13, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @A True Conservative

    Please explain to me what exactly is a true conservative ?

    Please don't use Sarah Palin as an example .

    November 13, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    After birth-certificate scares, death panel scares, misrepresenting the Obama's family religious beliefs, picking on the 1st lady's garden, Issa's witch hunt, hissy fits shutting down the government, I was sure the radical right could not stoop any lower.

    I stand corrected.

    November 13, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. okie

    A True Conservative

    Exactly John – and what does the left go after? Someone may have made comments that made the poor woman feel bad. It's not about her – it's about a President and Congress that are out of control and doing terrible damage to this nation. It's about a failed citzenry that elected this unqualified man – twice. We knew nothing about him....transcripts sealed....Harvard Law Review....nothing published....votes as an elected official "present".....c'mon....how can you possibly vote for someone for President simply because he reads a good speech from a teleprompter....
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    A true conservative? And i suppose the previous administration was so perfect? Considering he was "elected" for a 2nd term in the middle of a war based on lies of wmds. How about inserting our country into conflict, while lowering taxes on ALL, not just the rich, and goving no bid contracts to haliburton. Great policies right? How about the patriot act, which is what authorized the NSA to spy on anyone it wants. Not to metion the fact that the shrub stole the state his brother was governing at the time. I don't agree w/ tax and spend policies, but to me the "conservative politicians " only want to cut and spend.

    They say they are for small government, but have the audacity to tell a married couple what can, and can't be done in the privacy of their own home, cut funding for education, leave the disabled vets and people w/ mental issues and no access to assistance on the streets and tell them to strap themselves up by their bootstraps. It's comical that it's ok if you're guy flat out lies, but if a dem makes a miscalulation, or is misinformed you to impeach them.

    And this ladies and gents is you're average rw constituent. yay!!!

    November 13, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. etiendelamothecassel

    To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer with Nosurnace or to Obamacare with Brosurance or Hosurance?

    November 13, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Friends

    They should have replaced her picture with a photo of the Titanic. !

    November 13, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. pat pat

    The poor columbian immigrant just got free pictures. These people ripped her off! Her face all over this advertisement and she just got free pictures. Wow!

    November 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Boo

    People in this country need to grow up and stop with stupidity like harassing this woman. And as far as the right, they were so against Obamacare, what do they care whether it's a failure or not?

    November 13, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    Why should this poor lady be tormented or blamed for Obamacare's problems? People are remarkably stupid.

    November 13, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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