What Happened To The Face Of Healthcare Website?
The problem-plagued Healthcare.gov website has removed the photo of the young woman whose identity became the mystery everyone wanted to solve. INSIDE EDITION reports.
Who was that girl?
The pretty brunette from the troubled healthcare.gov website was everywhere. As the face of Obamacare, she turned into an overnight celebrity, and also a puzzling mystery. But, over the weekend her picture mysteriously vanished from the website. It was taken down and replaced by a graphic.
Gretchen Carlson on Fox News said, "Some speculation she was scrubbed from the site to keep her safe after she became the target of heated criticism of the site in social media."
Before she disappeared, she had a lot of people researching her identity. Andrew Kaczynski with the website buzzfeed.com spent weeks trying to find the Obamacare girl.
Kaczynski told INSIDE EDITION, "We looked everywhere and it was just a dead end. We hit a wall, and everyone else did too. There have been a bunch of rumors floating around about why she was gone, one of which was that maybe she was a sister of a White House official, which turned out not to be true. There was a rumor that she was getting death threats. That turned out not to be true either."
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the woman's photo was removed because the new graphics "provide a better way to visually reinforce key information to users."
Meanwhile, the website faced another crash. But it's not just a broken website that's frustrating Americans. Hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. are receiving insurance cancellation notices. Others are being socked with higher premiums, something President Obama promised wouldn't happen.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius became a punchline on Saturday Night Live, when a cast member playing her said, "Sometimes it helps to turn the computer on off and then turn it back on again. I don't know why that helps."
Secretary Sebelius is set to face lawmakers and some very tough questions this Wednesday before Congress.
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