Yes, it is fear tactics or scare mongering. And it seems to me at least that it's all coming from the republican side. Fact is that some 40 million americans (more than Canadian population) have no health cover so if these people get cancer they die. Patsie Ramsey is a good example of this problem; Obama's mother another good example of what even those with coverage have to go through to get treatment. Seems that republicans call this poor treatment of patients "competition"
The real question is why the average american can't see this or doesn't seem to realize how much better health care is in places like Canada, Sweeden or GB compared to theirs. And also, with what the republicans did in Iraq plus the health care problems, why so many mormons identify with the republican side of policy.