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.

Recent Headlines

7 mins ago in Local Sports

Leonys Martin tweaks hamstring but should avoid DL

Fresh
martin894260296063

Martin has lived up to his defensive reputation this season but has also been a revelation at the plate. The Cuba native has a .262/.339/.483 with nine home runs, along with eight stolen bases.

37 mins ago in Sports

Ancelotti hoping for some stability at Bayern Munich

Fresh
ancelotti16146567761575

After eight years coaching AC Milan, Ancelotti has only managed two seasons at each of his last three jobs: Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. After so much turbulence, Ancelotti knows stability is rarely forthcoming.

50 mins ago in Sports

Pittsburgh hosts Tampa Bay in Game 7 tonight

Fresh
lightningpens16144035084188

The Lightning-Penguins series is tied at three wins each after Pittsburgh's 5-2 win Tuesday in Tampa.

57 mins ago in Sports

Thunder look to finish off defending champion Warriors tonight on KPUG

Fresh
curry16146541628793

Coverage from Oracle Arena begins at 5:00 p.m. on KPUG.

1 hour ago in Sports

Ravens forfeit 1 week of workouts

Fresh
ravensrookies387333207195

When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.