News

Obamacare’s ‘Glitch Girl’ disappears amid Internet speculation

Obamacare’s ‘Glitch Girl’ disappears amid Internet speculation

'GLITCH GIRL': Frustrated users unleashed their ire on the mystery woman, venting on Twitter and other social media. Photo: Associated Press

By Barbara Goldberg

(Reuters) – Hers was the face that launched 20 million snipes.

The smiling wholesome beauty was a symbol of Healthcare.gov but she has vanished amid a sea of frustrated users, her image taken down from the trouble-plagued Obamacare website by early Monday morning.

Nicknamed “Glitch Girl,” the unnamed model stirred curiosity among media who scrambled to try to identify her after the site, which went live on October 1, was immediately slowed by technical problems and visitors found themselves endlessly staring at her on their frozen computer screens.

So far, 20 million unique users have clicked on the federal site, but only 700,000 applications have been submitted through a combination of the site and state-run Obamacare exchanges, according to testimony prepared for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to deliver to a Congressional panel on Wednesday.

Frustrated users unleashed their ire on the mystery woman, venting on Twitter and other social media.

“The #obamacare girl got the worst photo shoot gig since Joey did the STD poster on Friends,” tweeted @RONCOULTER, referring to the sitcom character’s shock when he discovered that his modeling picture had been used in a campaign about venereal disease.

After the Obamacare girl disappeared from the site, social media users rallied to support the mystery woman, whose image file on the site is named “Adriana.”

“It’s not the obamacare cover girl they need to fire,” tweeted @joepatton.

Others said they planned to dress up as her character on Halloween.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the website, was not immediately available for comment.

The government has replaced “Adriana” with four chunky icons that represent ways to sign up for the new mandatory health insurance. Creative critics have suggested other stand-ins, including the ghoulish Freddy Krueger character from the film series “A Nightmare on Elm Street” or Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

The mystery surrounding the Obamacare girl may only deepen as new theories about her disappearance are tested online.

“Wasn’t Manti T’eo dating #ObamacareGirl?” tweeted @MonteBlachford, referring to the Notre Dame football star who admitted he lied to keep up a hoax involving a nonexistent dying girlfriend.

Latest Stories

in Entertainment

Today’s celebrity birthdays

Fresh
tomlin

These celebrities will celebrate their birthdays on Labor Day.

in Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Williamsburg School Warns Faculty About Looming Budget Reductions

William Mary snow

The College of William and Mary is warning its faculty and staff about looming budget reductions.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Navy Will Christen New Submarine Named For John Warner

Warner John 071508

The U. S. Navy will christen a new sub this week that honors former Virginia U.S. Senator John Warner (R- Alexandria).

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Uber Becomes Charlottesville Reality

WINA logo

There's a new option for those who use taxicabs to get around town.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Missing Woman’s Loved Ones Hold Beep For Bonnie Event In Albemarle

Santiago Bonnie 71514

The family and friends of Bonnie Santiago held a Saturday event promoting their search for the missing woman.