The Republicans are smart - they know the American people can be easily mislead - and if the public hear something over and over like "death panels" and "higher taxes" they start to believe it.
I mean, the "Swift Boat" attacks against John Kerry won the election for Bush. In retrospect, I can't believe that anyone would be dumb enough to believe the lies about Kerry's war service. I mean, especially when Bush and Cheney went AWOL or came up with excuses not to go to Vietnam. In fact, it's down right unpatriotic to lie and scheme against a war hero - but that's what Republicans do best - lie and scheme to get their way.
We must stop them.