You bet they are! And not just in military matters either. Presidents and Congress shoulder the awesome responsibility of promoting the well-being of the country’s entire population. It is well documented that life spans are longer in prosperous societies. And there should be no need to mention healthcare; the implications are obvious. Obama would argue that more lives are saved because more people are covered. Those opposed would argue that more lives will be lost because the plan is economically unsustainable, quality will drop dramatically and coverage will be meted out according to feasibility.
But is it fair for a campaign to accuse an opponent of killing people? The question is irrelevant. Fair no longer has a place in political campaigns. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we will bring a gun.” He was speaking metaphorically of course; and he was right. There are lines you do not cross but you cannot counter outrageous audacity with respectful civility and expect to win. Not this race.
Healthcare may be free in Great Britain but would you travel there to have a critical operation?