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The Search For The Mysterious Obamacare Website Girl

Who is that smiling young woman?

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Which, given the website's issues, might not have been the best thing for the prominently featured girl.

The #obamacare girl got the worst photo shoot gig since Joey did the STD poster on Friends.

RON COULTER

@RONCOULTER

The #obamacare girl got the worst photo shoot gig since Joey did the STD poster on Friends.

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BREAKING: White House announces new hire to help fix http://t.co/iXooxCRF8E

HELLRAISER

@delrayser

BREAKING: White House announces new hire to help fix http://t.co/iXooxCRF8E

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Heh: here is a screen grab from the Obamacare web site. OK, maybe it's slightly modified. http://t.co/LyC1JvAPDY

John Hinderaker

@jhinderaker

Heh: here is a screen grab from the Obamacare web site. OK, maybe it's slightly modified. http://t.co/LyC1JvAPDY

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Call me! MT: @bradplumer: Has anyone tracked done the http://t.co/tv8zFBPGja girl? Seems a big unexplored angle here.

Jeffrey Young

@JeffYoung

Call me! MT: @bradplumer: Has anyone tracked done the http://t.co/tv8zFBPGja girl? Seems a big unexplored angle here.

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Recent sighting of the woman from http://t.co/8jZ4Dyz3uB after the website crashed.

Andrew Kaczynski

@BuzzFeedAndrew

Recent sighting of the woman from http://t.co/8jZ4Dyz3uB after the website crashed.

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CNN devoted a whole segment to the mysterious girl, but they failed to identify her. They asked viewers to "call them" if they were the girl in question.

View this video on YouTube

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BuzzFeed decided to give it a shot. An inspection of the website's source code revealed the image file's name: "Adriana." Could this be the name of the mysterious girl?

Following calls and emails to the personal cell phones of Teal employees, BuzzFeed received a response from a public relations professional saying that the photo images were provided by Medicaid Services for the website's design.

After calling Medicaid Services, BuzzFeed was told to email a press email box. Following no reply, BuzzFeed emailed Marilyn Tavenner, the chief administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS spokesman Richard Olague then told BuzzFeed via email, "The woman featured on the website signed a release for us to use the photo, but to protect her privacy, we will not share her personal or contact info with anyone."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 6055 A264 DADD AADC 347E 5986 547C C11C DD7D 176A.

Contact Ellie Hall at ellie.hall@buzzfeed.com.

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