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White House goes viral

From NBC's Mark Murray and Chuck Todd
Remember all those viral emails that Team Obama worked to knock down during the presidential contest? Well, now the Obama White House is sending out its own viral email -- from David Axelrod -- to counter what it sees as the misinformation in the health-care debate.

Axelrod's email lists eight ways health-care reform would help those with and without health-care insurance; eight myths about the reform; and eight reasons why American needs reform right now.

Axelrod writes:

This is probably one of the longest emails I've ever sent, but it could be the most important. Across the country we are seeing vigorous debate about health insurance reform.

Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back — even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

As President Obama said at the town hall in New Hampshire, "where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that's actually been proposed."

So let's start a chain email of our own. At the end of my email, you'll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, 8 common myths about reform and 8 reasons we need health insurance reform now.

Right now, someone you know probably has a question about reform that could be answered by what's below. So what are you waiting for? Forward this email.