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.
With that in mind I plan on emailing email@example.com with the following message:
To whom it may concern;
In the interests of providing economic stiumulus to the publishing industry I would like to suggest that President Obama invest heavily in the Merriam-Webster company by providing dictionaries and thesauruses for all staff members in the executive branch of the government. In a recent blog posting @ Whitehouse.gov, the assistance of the American people in thwarting "disinformation" was requested-- I believe the term you are looking for is misinformation.
Also, in the interests of being a politically active citizen of this country I would like to inform you of something I found fishy regarding President Obama's health care plan. If you go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/ you'll find a request for people to report
"disinformation" to this email address. I find this fishy as this speaks more to the tactics used in Nazi Germany to silence dissent than tactics used in our nation which was founded on many principles-- including free speech.
How are we, the American people, supposed to know what is correct information and what is misinformation? I know that there are various different health care bills on the house floor and some of those bills are hundreds or even thousands of pages
long... Reading through those bills ourselves is prohibitive given their volume
and that many of us are currently employed and need to remain so in order to
continue "stimulating the economy."
In the interests of full disclosure in the simplest to understand form, might I suggest an FAQ that tackles ALL the questions we have about this health care bill in a simple easy to understand format?
Also I submit to you that your appeal for us to report "disinformation" comes across as hostile and fosters more partisanship on this issue-- not less. Most Americans will agree that health care reform is necessary. Where we tend to differ is what needs to be done to reform health care, who should be doing it, and how they should be going about doing it. The concerns of those who disagree with the President's plan are just as valid as the concerns of those who support it.
Lastly, there are those out there who are more extreme and vocal in their opposition to the President's health care plan than I am. These people will have a field day with your request which can be interpreted as squealing on the opposition in order to silence them (see previous paragraph re: Nazi German silencing tactics) and will, at any and every opportunity use that request to illustrate that the current administration would like to curtail the first ammendment rights of the American people.
(my name here)