Sally Pipes, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Sally Pipes

Sally Pipes

Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. In November 2010, she was named the Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies. Prior to becoming president of PRI in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada.

Ms. Pipes addresses national and international audiences on health care issues. She has been interviewed on ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Lou Dobbs Show, FOX News’ “Glenn Beck Show,” NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” FOX Business Network, “The O’Reilly Factor,” FOX News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” “The Today Show,” “Kudlow & Company on CNBC, MSNBC, “Dateline,” “Politically Incorrect,” “The Dennis Miller Show,” and other prominent programs. 

She writes a weekly health care column “Piping Up” for In the past, she has written regular columns for the Examiner newspapers, Chief Executive, and Investor’s Business Daily.  Her health care opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times of London, The Hill, RealClearPolitics, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, U.S. News and World Report, the Boston Globe, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, to name a few.  Ms. Pipes’ views on health care also appeared in a special report of the world’s 30 leading health care experts published by entitled, “Solutions: Health Care” and in Steve Forbes’ latest book How Capitalism Can Save Us. She was widely quoted in Shape Magazine and in the New York Times Sunday Magazine in an article by Princeton’s Peter Singer on how Obama will ration your care. 

Her book The Truth About ObamaCare was published by Regnery Publishing and released August 2010.  To date over 12,000 copies have been sold.  Following his latest review, Tom Sowell said in his nationally-syndicated column, The Truth About ObamaCare rose to #38 in sales on  He wrote “Fortunately — in fact, very fortunately — you don’t have to slog through 2,400 pages of legislative jargon or turn to a fortune teller to divine the future. A new book The Truth About ObamaCare by Sally Pipes lays it out in the plainest English.” Her latest book The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare was released by Regnery in January 2012. Dr. Arthur Laffer wrote the foreword and endorsements are included from Steve Forbes, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and Dr. Hal Scherz, head of Docs4Patientcare.

Her first book, Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer with a foreword by Milton Friedman was released September 28, 2004. It is available on  In October 2008, her second book The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide with a foreword by Steve Forbes, was published.  The release was well timed with the national debate on health care reform. It has been widely reviewed and quoted. Over 1.2 million copies have been downloaded from PRI’s website and 4,500 copies have been sold. Thomas Sowell in his syndicated column wrote of the book “Before you do anything else, make a note to read The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care. It might literally save your life.” 

She was the founder in 2008 of the Benjamin Rush Society, a Federalist Society-type organization for medical students across America. There are 20 chapters at medical schools from Harvard to Duke. 

Ms. Pipes, a former Canadian, became an American citizen in 2006. Married to Professor Charles Kesler, she is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.  While in Canada she was a member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (president for two terms).

Recent Articles by Sally Pipes

Drug Discount Plan Actually Lifts Costs

A new study by the Pacific Research Institute finds that a program to give discounted prescription drugs to poor Americans is riddled with abuse, has created a perverse incentive for providers to profit instead of effectively serve the poor and is hurting overall health care quality. “The 340B Program is a well-intended effort to give […]

Health Insurer Trickery Straps ER Patients

Millions of emergency room patients could face financial ruin — even if they deliberately seek care at hospitals covered by their insurers. That’s the disturbing finding of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Conducted by two Yale professors, the study shows that one in five ER visits involve doctors who are […]

It’s Time to Embrace Telemedicine

At hospitals and clinics across New Jersey, thousands of new doctors could soon be on call — literally. In Trenton, lawmakers are considering two bills that would enable doctors and patients to skip the office visit and conduct appointments using video-conferencing tools like Skype. They’re right to embrace this kind of technology. The increasing use […]

Healthcare Costs: We’ve Had Enough!

Healthcare is consuming an ever-greater share of corporate America’s balance sheet. According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation survey, today’s employers spend, on average, $12,591 for family coverage—a 54% increase since 2005. Some companies have finally had enough. Twenty of America’s largest corporations—including American Express, Coca-Cola and Verizon—recently formed a coalition called the Health Transformation Alliance. They’re planning to […]

Little-Known Loophole Inflates Health Costs

The rising cost of insurance is putting a squeeze on American families. And this problem could get even worse if lawmakers don’t fix a little-known federal drug program called “340B.” Created by Congress in 1992, 340B was originally intended to provide low-income people access to needed medications. This program allows hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers serving […]

How a GOP Congress Could Fix Obamacare

Republicans are primed to take over Congress. A new projection gives the GOP a 60% chance of winning the Senate this fall. And, according to RealClearPolitics, there’s virtually no chance Democrats will take the House. If the GOP succeeds, public displeasure with Obamacare may be why. A recent poll from found that more […]

The Myth of Lousy Healthcare in the U.S.

Few complaints about the U.S. healthcare system are as common as the claim that we spend too much on healthcare and get too little in return, especially compared with other industrialized nations. A new Commonwealth Fund report is the latest to indict U.S. healthcare. It pegs the American system dead last in a survey of […]

Healthcare’s Problem Is Not High Drug Prices

Is $84,000 too much to pay to save a life? That’s a question worth asking now that the insurance industry has declared war on what it has deemed outrageous prices for new specialty drugs. In this case, the complaints focus on Sovaldi, a breakthrough treatment that gives three million people suffering from hepatitis C hope […]

A Daring Alternative to Obamacare

As the GOP settles in for a long-term fight about what it would like to put in Obamacare’s place, it should look hard at a just-released reform plan from the House Republican Study Committee written principally by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). The most revolutionary aspect of the House plan — officially […]

As Obamacare's 'Compassionate' Reality Sets In, Companies 'Cruelly' Cut Health Benefits

Employees of shipping giant United Parcel Service recently got an unexpected delivery. The company announced that it would stop offering health coverage to the spouses of 15,000 workers. UPS’s workers and their families can thank Obamacare for this special delivery. And UPS isn’t alone. American businesses are discovering each and every day that the president’s […]

To Cure Rare Diseases, Unleash Orphan Drug Innovations

In September of 2012, the City of Pittsburgh hosted the 35th annual Great Race, a charity run that raises money for the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Research Fund. Caliguiri, a former Pittsburgh mayor, died of this rare protein disorder, and a portion of the race proceeds are used to help find a cure. It should […]

A Private Sector Healthcare Solution That We Can Smile About

In 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn decided to cut $1.6 billion from the state’s Medicaid program to help get the state’s finances under control. Among the benefits slashed was dental coverage for adults. The Land of Lincoln was only the latest cash-strapped state to scrap dental coverage under Medicaid, joining the likes of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, […]

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