Little Boy We Saw in Obamacare Ad, Is Now a Teenaged Girl (Look!)


*Who could forget the face of that cute little brown boy who made history as he stood next to president Barack Obama, as he signed the Obamacare Act into law at the White House.

Marcelas Owens can.

At the time he was 11-years-old. It was March 23, 2010 . And he was a chubby little African American boy. CNN describes him as “the miniature health care activist in the black vest dwarfed by powerful lawmakers in a famous photo of that moment. He was a modern-day Peter Pan, perpetually frozen in childhood even as the news cycle moved on.”

But no more.  Today, at 17, when most teens are going through vast tubes of clearisil to get rid of those nagging pimples; Marcelas is faced with the challenge of being transgender, and all that it entails.

“I’m going through a reinvention process,” she says. “I’m growing into adulthood. I’m not the Obamacare kid anymore.”

While he sixth year anniversary of the signing of Obamacare is upon us, around this time each year, Marcelas is contacted by various media outlets who want quotes from what he can recall from that historic day.

But she calls the little boy from that time, “The old Marcelas,” though she says she understands why there is a lot of curiosity surrounding his life after the event.

“If I wasn’t me, I would like to know, where did he go?” Marcelas admits.

“I like it that I can be called the Obamacare kid, but in some ways I wish I could look past the Obamacare kid and become Marcelas and people would have the same reaction to me that they had with the Obamacare kid.”

The "new" Marcelas Owens
The “new” Marcelas Owens

2 thoughts on “Little Boy We Saw in Obamacare Ad, Is Now a Teenaged Girl (Look!)”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *