Last updated on: 6/4/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Jacob G. Hornberger, JD Biography

Title:
Founder and President of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF)
Position:
Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“Amidst all the health care debate, there is one underlying assumption that hardly anyone challenges: the notion that people have a right to health care. The truth is that it’s a nonsensical notion. People no more have a right to health care than they have a right to education, food, or clothing.

…[T]he right to health care entails the power of everyone to get into the pocketbooks of everyone else. That’s not only a ridiculous notion of rights but also a highly destructive one. Since obviously people can’t go and take the money from others directly, it inevitably entails converting government into an engine of seizure and redistribution…

When Americans began looking upon rights as some sort of positive duty on others to provide them with certain things, that was when the quality of health care in America began plummeting. That was what Medicare and Medicaid were all about — the so-called right of poor people and the elderly to health care. It is not a coincidence that what began as the finest health care system in the world has turned into a system that is now in perpetual crisis.”

“Health Care Is Not a Right,” fff.org, July 1, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and Founder, Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), 1989-present
  • Ran as the Independent candidate for the Virginia Senate, 2002
  • Director of Programs, Foundation for Economic Education, 1987-1989
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Dallas, 1983-1987
  • Trial attorney, 1975-1987
Education:
  • JD, University of Texas, 1975
  • BA, Economics, Virginia Military Institute, 1972
Contact Info:
Phone
703-934-6101
Email
jhornberger@fff.org
Website
FFF profile
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?