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Spammers for Health Care Reform ’08

by Staff

Tags: health care reform, spam, affordable health care,

Plenty of spam flows through our e-mail boxes, the majority of it hawking cheap Viagra and other prescription drugs. All the predictable angles are, well, predictably exploited. Want better sex? More sex? Have we ever got a deal for you…

Then, this morning, this subject line:

Quality medications should be affordable to all.

Grammatically correct, no typos, and a message that surely would resonate with the Utne Reader audience—could this possibly be spam?

Of course it was. The e-mail contained nothing more than a dubious link, a promise of cheap drugs. But for a brief moment, I had a vision of an army of spammers, diligently hammering away at their keyboards, trying to bring quality, affordable medication to a nation in pressing need of healthcare reform. Spammers, spamming for the greater good. Then I sighed and clicked “block sender.”—Julie Hanus