So I'm not the biggest fan of Obamacare to say the least, but this isn't intended to be a political post, just a weird observation/curiosity and maybe portent for the near future.
For those who aren't familiar with the system, the crux of it is that every American citizen pay (hopefully with subsidies for those who can't) for insurance, thus guaranteeing that insurance companies have more stable revenue, allowing them to be able to cover more risky patients, i.e. those with preexisting medical problems. Without a certain number of citizens "buying in" the system won't work. So I was a little dismayed to see this enrollment e-mail in my gmail spam folder!
(and before you ask, yeah, it's really from healthcare.gov)
As I said, I don't like the law, but I at least want it to be fully implemented so that we can see the results. But if folks sign up, but don't select a specific plan (as I did) and then see an email asking them to finish it as spam, it doesn't bode well. Especially because Google filters out spam in some situations based on user feedback.As you can see in yellow up there, it says "Many people marked similar messages as spam". That doesn't mean that they didn't trust this one specifically, but if people are getting similar fake emails, they're way less likely to trust the legit ones.
You'd think the Feds could have some sway with the biggest email providers asking them to just not filter out real messages from the government. Especially when this kind of communication to individuals is crucial in the success of the system.
Oh well, not the biggest deal, but just another weird bump in the weird road of this weird law.