Obamacare girl not a citizen, hasn’t signed up and….wasn’t paid.

by Catherine Wilkinson on November 13, 2013

I can sympathize with this young woman.  The cyber crazy is abundant and vicious.  I know….I’ve been called a “cracker racist” and much much MUCH worse by the same sort of idiots that populate Twitter and Facebook.


Now that Obamacare (come on…is anyone still calling this the “Affordable Healthcare Act” anymore?  That’s so last year’s election) has been splayed wide open and exposed, these cyber idiots are lashing out in juvenile vindictive ways.

So I do feel a smidge of sympathy.  She thought she was merely getting some benefit from a deal with the devil and it didn’t happen.  And she’s feeling the hurt.

Much like a lot of Americans feel right now….especially two-time Obama voters. This, from the above ABC/Obamacare link:

“Speculation swirled that Adriana might not be a legal resident of the United States, and therefore not even eligible for the health care exchanges.  Adriana said she is a wife and mother who lives in Maryland with her 21-month-old son and husband of six and a half years.  her husband is a U.S. citizen, as is her son.  Adriana, who is Colombian, said she has lived legally in the U.S. for more than six years, is currently a permanent resident and is applying for citizenship.

Though she is eligible for healthcare through the ACA, Adriana says she hasn’t signed up for it, and is neither in favor nor against it.”

And on top of not being a citizen AND not signed up for it, she was never paid for her services.

The irony….it burns.

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Kate November 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Where’s my shocked face?


Robert November 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

She’s the perfect face for Obamacare, a young, poor, non-resident alien who these thugs are going to exploit for their own purposes…..but she SUPPORTS them, because….REPUBLICANS!


Ruth November 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

She is a resident alien applying for citizenship. I was in the same position myself for 13 years — a Canadian with a green card, and American husband and American children.


GWB November 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Actually, I think she is a resident alien. At least according to her story.

I just don’t see why anyone cares. She’s just a face. It’s a thing called marketing. (Oh, the part where they didn’t pay her is a hoot, and indicative of this administration, but none of the other stuff has much bearing on anything.)


Steven Johnson November 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

That’s your opinion. I don’t agree with vindictive Internet attitude but there is responsibility giving your face and implicit stamp of approval. She knew that was the intent. She wanted to be part of a promotion.

Hopefully this will be an experience where she will grow up and actually take thoughtful time to learn about policy, advocacy and consequences, and not only with regards to her own life.


michaelB November 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Gimme a break, SJ. She was offered a job, it seemed like easy money, so she jumped on it. I would have done the same if they had wanted to put my ugly mug on their website. And I wouldn’t have cared what it was for, as long as it was legal. Last I heard, obummacare is legal.


IGotBupkis, "'Faeces Evenio', Mr. Holder?" December 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

And that’s why it’s a bad thing, right there.

I always respected Grace Jones. At the height of her fame, in the mid 80s, she turned down a Pepsi commercial offer of like 500k. She didn’t drink it, and didn’t wish to endorse it as a result.

She had no problem with endorsing things — she did a commercial for Honda Scooters with Adam Ant — because she seriously enjoyed them and thought they were fun.

Would that more people had such non-mercenary attitudes about lending their name and face to things.


Slartibartfast November 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I always regarded her face as advertising copy, no more & no less.


Koblog November 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Jodi Giddings November 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm



ameryx November 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

To be fair, according to the ABC story, Adriana agreed to let the image be used in exchange for the photo shoot.

Adriana responded to an email from someone 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 for free in exchange for allowing the photos to be used to market the new health care law.

So, she was never paid in cash. But she was paid, in kind; which is what she contracted for.


Esteban November 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Does she have a visa that allows her to work in the US? If not they can’t legally employ her.


Heather November 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Really, Esteban. All the above said Adriana is a lawful permanent resident of the US, a/k/a she has a “green card.” (No the cards are NOT green, back up to the early 70s’ they were, however.)

She may have had a visa — and immigrant visa — if she applied for one, after approval through the US Consulate in Bogota. But chances are she met her husband whilst visiting the US in any number of nonimmigrant statuses (tourist, student, exchange visitor, temporary worker, etc) and then while here, applied for adjustment of status to permanent resident. At this point she is well past the three year legal requirement for a permanent resident spouse of a US Citizen (one has to have had permanent status for three years, and be physically present in the US for half of that time plus 1 day, to be eligible to apply for naturalization to US citizenship).

For all other permanent residents, those who are not married to and residing with a US citizen spouse, they must have been a permanent resident for five years, and be physically present half that time to be eligible to apply for naturalization.

Permanent residents, by virtue of their status, are permitted to work without restriction in the United States for an indefinite (permanent) basis.

Most, but not all, nonimmigrants here pursuant to a visa, have many restrictions imposed upon their authorization to work, normally it’s only permitted for a person to work for a short time frame, only In a certain job and only for a certain sponsoring employer.


michaelB November 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

When a foreign born woman marries a us citizen, she gets a visa that allows her to work.


Jay Galt November 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

So HHS spent 10,000 hours doing market research and selecting who they wanted for the website photo (they did pick well) but they didn’t pay a $ 1,000 modelling fee to her. What Cheapskates, only Barry and Co would take advantage of others.


Thewlyn Oakfist November 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Much ado about nothing here…the only scandal is that she didn’t get paid any fee or residuals for her troubles…but like it has so often, the gov’t takes & does not give…


Bill G November 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

“come on…is anyone still calling this the “Affordable Healthcare Act” anymore?”
Well, I like the full name… Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act. PPACA. Because the paca is the second largest rodent in the world.
This is the giant rat of health care.


Jodi November 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

lol, Bill!


Steve November 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

“currently a permanent resident and is applying for citizenship”

Wait… you mean there already IS a path to citizenship for immigrants? Huh.


Jodi November 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Now, shush…don’t burst the bubble! 😉


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