Political Scare Tactics Make Their Way Into Life and Death Health Policy Debate

October 16, 2014 9:43 PM

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Political Scare Tactics Make Their Way Into Life and Death Health Policy Debate

Unfortunately, it has become common practice in electoral politics for a candidate (often the one trailing in the polls) to wait until mid-October to launch unsubstantiated claims and accusations in an attempt to sway voters before his or her opponent can set the record straight and repair damages before Election Day. Far from enlightening the public, these win-at-all-costs "October Surprises" undermine frank and open debate on serious issues, and are among the reasons so many Americans find politics so distasteful.

The same types of political scare tactics have now crept into the health policy debate.

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