Majority of Americans Who Are Not Max Baucus Know a "Scare Tactic" When They See It

So Baucus capitulated on all those Republican lies in his debacle. Death panels, abortion, illegals, the whole shebang, all so he couldn't get any Republican support.


Baucus is apparently not as smart as the majority of American people, who in a new Bloomberg poll show that they know bullshit when they see it.

* Sixty-three percent said the claim that "death panels of government officials would decide how much medical care ailing individuals will receive" is a scare tactic, versus 30% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-nine percent said the claim that "health care would be rationed" is a scare tactic, versus 35% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-two percent said the claim that "health care would become socialized medicine" is a scare tactic, versus 43% who said it’s legit.

* Sixty-one percent said the claim that "government money would be used to pay for abortions" is a scare tactic, versus 33% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-eight percent said the claim that "government money would pay for health care for illegal immigrants" is a scare tactic, versus 37% who said it’s legit.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.