It raises very legitimate concerns. There really is no legitimate purpose for such an action is there?
The White House did not ask for Americans to email their questions or concerns, so they could be answered. That would make some sense.
The White House went well beyond that, asking for people to email about their fellow Americans who are criticizing ObamaCare. There is no justifiable defense for such an action. This ought to outrage Liberals, who were always accusing the Bush White House of acts like this. So, I suppose we will now get to test the consistency of the Left on this. That should prove quite interesting.
Doug has it right. There are times when it is legitimate to ask people to "rat out" their fellow citizens. Example: the nutcase who walked in to a gym in Pennsylvania and shot up the place, killing three women, had been broadcasting his intentions for a long time. Somebody, anybody, who read this guy's blog should have reported him. But there is no legitimate reason for the Obama administration to ask citizens to report citizens who simply disagree with him. That is fascism.
Fortunately, Sen. John Cornyn has called the administration on this. He has told the administration that they need to shut the program down and explain what they intend to do with the information gathered. Good for Sen. Cornyn. This is not something that should be allowed to fade the next next cycle takes over. This is a serious breach of American values.