By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
A Colombian legal resident of Maryland who was used as a model for the Healthcare.gov website has recently given her rebuttal toward the criticism she has received for appearing on the website.
The woman in question, who simply identified herself as Adriana, says she has been the target of bullying by critics of the Affordable Care Act. In an interview with ABC News, she said, “They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying.” She continued, “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, the wife of a U.S. citizen and mother of a 21-month-old son, says that the criticism she has received has not only affected her, but her family, as well. “It was upsetting. It was sad. We were having a hard day when we read all this, and in a way, I’m glad that my son is not old enough to understand, because you know whatever happens to you, it hurts them too.”
Because she is a legal resident of the U.S., she is eligible for health care under the ACA, which would prove beneficial for the care of her son. Adriana has since requested for the removal of her picture from the site, which she claims she offered herself for in order to obtain free family portraits. With regard to the picture’s removal, 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.”
Since the photo was removed, a representative for the Department of Health and Human Services told ABC that it was taken down because “Healthcare.gov is a dynamic website,” and not because of the request of the six-year resident.