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  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Future of Freedom Foundation (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964044706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964044708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If only the pen were mightier than the sword, The Dangers of Socialized Medicine would be the perfect antidote against the Clintonian poison of medical socialism." -- Dr. Thomas S. Szasz, author of Cruel Compassion

About the Author

Jacob G. Hornberger (co-editor) is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian foundation in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the co-editor (along with Richard M. Ebeling) of The Failure of America's Foreign Wars; The Tyranny of Gun Control; and The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post; Las Vegas Tribune Journal; El Nuevo Miami Herald; La Prensa San Diego; and others.

Richard M. Ebeling (co-editor) is the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and serves as vice president of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). FFF's mission is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

Mr. Hornberger was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education, publisher of The Freeman.

In 1989, Mr. Hornberger established The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a regular writer for FFF's monthly journal Future of Freedom, writes a daily blog, and other commentaries. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, La Presna San Diego, El Nuevo Miami Herald, and many others, both in the United States and in Latin America.

Mr. Hornberger has delivered speeches and engaged in debates about free-market principles with groups all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Europe, and Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

He has also advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News' Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows. He appeared regularly as a commentator on Fox News' legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano's Internet-based show Freedom Watch.

Mr. Hornberger is co-editor of five books that have been published by The Future of Freedom Foundation (

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Co-editor Jacob Hornsberger wrote in the Preface of this 1994 book (published by the Future of Freedom Foundation), "The immediate aim of this book is to expose the dengers of socialized medicine. But our purpose is much broader: first, to expose the immorality and failures of the entire welfare-state, managed-economy way of life and, second, to show the moral foundations and workability of the private property, free-market alternative."

The book contains twelve essays, including ones by Milton Friedman and Thomas Szasz.

In his essay, Hornsberger cites a personal example of a family physician who never turned anyone away for lack of ability to pay, and adds, "Does this happen all over the country? You bet it does!... The person who fails to see it is the person who does not want to see it!" (Pg. 21)

The other co-editor, Richard Ebeling, observes in his essay, "In 1885, a year after socialized health insurance began (in Germany), the average number of sick days taken by members of the system each year was 14.1 In 1900, the annual average ... had gone up to 17.6; in 1925, it had increased to 24.4 days; and in 1930, it was an average of 29.9 days. People were also noticeably sicker around weekends and Christmas and New Year's Day..." (Pg. 31)

Another essays suggests, "To see the future of health care in America for you and your children under Clinton's plan, just visit any Veterans Administration hospital. You'll find filthy conditions, shortages of eveything, and treatment bordering on barbarism." (Pg. 50)

Although focused on the Clinton health care plan, the arguments in this book still have some relevance for the current health care debate.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Freeman on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is worthy of Pravda. It is purely nonsensical. The authors have no specific expertise on the subject yet feel qualified to write a book about it. The use of the term "socialized" is a dead giveaway. The German system, referenced in a previous review, is not "socialized." It is "universal." Of course, the reviewer does not have experience with the German health care system. I lived in Germany for 10 years as an American with a medical background and found the system better than the US's in almost any measurable metric. In 2012 the German health care system reported a 29 Billion Euro surplus delivering higher quality medical care to almost 100% of Germans at less than 50% of the cost of care in the US. Reviewers of this book, like Mr. Propp are led to make ridiculous statements and implications that do not stand up to scrutiny. The work ethic of the Germans is legendary.

From a German conservative politician:
"For me as a German, what I cannot understand is that you make the question of health insurance an ideological question," said Wolfgang Zoeller, a Bavarian politician who has spent the last 22 years in the German parliament or Bundestag.

Americans talk about whether having a national health plan "is going in the direction of Socialism or Communism," Zoeller said in an interview in the Bundestag. The nearly 70-year-old politician said he's far from being a Socialist, noting that he had recently voted to reduce bureaucratic problems surrounding Germany's inheritance tax.

"For me the question of a national health insurance is a humane question. I would like that every person, regardless of his or her age, income, pre-conditions or financial possibilities, be helped if they are sick.
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ross Nordeen on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Published by the Future of Freedom Foundation, this slim collection of essays on government intervention in medicine makes an excellent case for a complete free market in health care. Published in 1994, many of the chapters specifically address the horrendous Clinton Health Care Plan, which fortunately never even made it to a floor vote in Congress.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Young Judge on December 22, 2007
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This book presents a very ignorant, shallow, and misleading view of universal healthcare. When people make decisions about their health based on their finances, the incentives encourage less care, not more care. If the U.S. humanized medicine and made it truly available (and not a money issue), people would get preventive care. The fact is that under our current system with private insurers, many people have insurance and still can't afford to seek preventative care because of premiums, deductibles and coinsurance. As for crack heads, most uninsured Americans are not crack heads and crack heads typically get free healthcare at the emergency room or in jail. As a professional and high income earner, I resent paying such high premiums and coinsurance to ensure that my HMO's CEO gets a multi-million dollar bonus and insured people like myself receive denials. This is not a liberal democrat vs. conservative republican issue; this is an American problem.

The fear mongers like Jacob Hornberger are blurring the issue in an attempt to keep Americans in a state of demoralized, debt-ridden fear. The fact is that other first world countries have universal medicine and democracy; what kind of message are we as Americans sending to others when we send our sick into debt because they need an operation? The reality is that it is commonplace for those with insurance to battle with their HMOs, PPOs, etc. over claims and procedures. My HMO should not be making my healthcare decisions; how could they possibly have my best interests at heart when they are concerned with their profit margin?
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