The woman who appeared as a model on the Healthcare.gov website choked up in a recent interview with ABC News as she explained how she was bullied by people who hate President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
“They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying,” Adriana, who wished not to use her last name, told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “I’m here to stand up for myself and defend myself and let people know the truth.”
“I mean, I don’t know why people should hate me because it’s just a photo,” she insisted. “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, who is from Colombia, had been accused of being in the United States illegally and therefore not even being eligible for the new health care law. However, she can enroll in the health care exchanges as a permanent U.S. resident. She also said that she is applying for U.S. citizenship and intends to continue living in Maryland with her husband and 21-month-old son.
“Like I said it was shocking. It was upsetting. It was sad. We were having a hard day when we read all this,” she recalled. “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.”
In the end, the Department of Health and Human Services took down Adriana’s photo as part of the website’s redesign, but if comments on the story about her on ABC News’ website are any indication, the cyberbullies are as hateful as ever.
“Classic …the face of the democrat party…….Non- Americans…..vote dem and kill your country,” one commenter wrote.
“She represents what Obama and his ilk believes who are the real Americans in this country: non-whites, illegal aliens, baby killers, gays and transvestites, socialists and communists, and all adults who become ‘victims’ because they will not claim responsibility for their actions,” another said.
Watch this video from ABC News, broadcast Nov. 13, 2013.