USA TODAY - The former face of the troubled Obamacare website has a message: Don't blame me.
The woman whose smiling face once adorned the home front of the oft-mocked website tells ABC'sGood Morning America: "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."
Most critics have been making fun of the Obama administration or the website itself rather than the woman behind the picture, who identified herself only as Adriana in her ABC interview.
Adriana said the critics "have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They're cyberbullying."
From ABC News:
"On Oct. 1, 2013, when the ACA's website launched to enroll Americans in health insurance through federally run exchanges, it was Adriana's face that greeted them.
"Dubbed the "enigmatic Mona Lisa of health care," her face was soon mocked, Photoshoped, altered. She became the subject of late-night jokes, partisan hatred and intense speculation.
"The saga of the photo started innocuously enough. Seeking free family photographs, Adriana emailed a contact at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for the Affordable Care Act's rollout, about having photos of her and her family taken in exchange for allowing the photos to be used to market the new health care law."
ABC also noted: "She was never paid."