If you forward an inaccurate email or write an inaccurate blog post, the White House wants to see it.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What, exactly, does the White House plan to do with this information?
UPDATE: The White House responds...
"There is a lot of misinformation about health insurance reform circulating on the Internet and elsewhere,'' she explains. "Some of it is intentionally misleading.
"We want to be sure people have the facts about health insurance reform that will lower costs, protect consumers from insurance regulations that deny them coverage and assure quality and affordable health care for all Americans,'' she adds. "We are not compiling lists or sources of information. We may post fact checks from time to time to be sure Americans know the truth about health insurance reform.''
I believe that is the case. This was simply an inartful way of asking people to help them figure out which new claims they need to be addressing. The White House should respond to inaccurate arguments. But I hope they will do so in a transparent way. Instead of responding to private emails, they should be linking and responding to claims made publicly online. Better yet, they should be participating in a dialogue - responding to the better criticisms made by important critics in the internet media and blogosphere. That would be transparent and valuable.