Hentoff has a column today entitled "I Am Finally Scared of a White House Administration". He sees these health care proposals for what they truly are: government control of basic health care decisions, the rationing of health care, and end of life decisions decided by government bureaucrats.
I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover's FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration. President Obama's desired health care reform intends that a federal board (similar to the British model) — as in the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation in a current Democratic bill — decides whether your quality of life, regardless of your political party, merits government-controlled funds to keep you alive. Watch for that life-decider in the final bill. It's already in the stimulus bill signed into law. - Nat Hentoff