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This is going to hurt.

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will lead to the largest expansion of government in the history of the United States. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was more than 2,400 pages long and will reportedly cost a cool $1 trillion over ten years, give or take a few hundred billion.

But sticker shock is just the beginning. In The Truth about Obamacare, Sally Pipes shows how Obama’s health care “reform” will crash into our economy and culture with a tidal wave of regulations that, taken together, will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and see our doctors. How will all those changes affect you, your family, and your fellow Americans? Pipes goes over the bill with a fine-tooth comb, laying out the specifics of how and why Obamacare:

* will drive the country’s health care bill ever higher, according to the government’s own economists
* empowers bureaucrats to deny coverage of cutting-edge medicines in order to save the government money
* will exacerbate our nation’s shortage of doctors—and in fact, is already causing many to close up shop
* will make health care less affordable by forbidding insurers from offering inexpensive, bare-bones policies
* ratchets up Medicare payroll taxes—and adds brand new taxes on income—interest, capital gains, and dividends
* achieves every penny of its supposed “savings” through a series of legislative and accounting gimmicks
* creates a huge new enforcement bureaucracy—including 16,000 new IRS agents and an astounding 159 new boards and commissions—to hound taxpayers, businesses, hospitals, doctors, and insurers into compliance
* will still leave 23 million Americans uninsured by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Is it too late to stop Obamacare? By no means, argues Pipes—who shows how Americans can, and must, force its repeal. Then, she offers ten principles for real reform that would make health care accessible and affordable for all without destroying individual freedom, quality treatment, medical innovation, and the economy.

About the Author

Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute and a renowned expert on health care and economic issues. A former Canadian, and a refugee from Canada’s government-run health care system, she lives in California, is a frequent guest on network and cable news shows—from The Today Show to The O’Reilly Factor, from The Glenn Beck Show to 20/20 with John Stossel—is a columnist for the Examiner newspapers, Chief Executive, and Investor’s Business Daily, and has written for many other newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596986360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596986367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Calle on August 3, 2010
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Yet again Sally Pipes proves to be the foremost expert on real, common sense free-market solutions to health care reform in the United States. And having been born in Canada where socialized health care efforts have failed patients and stifled innovation she has a unique vantage point for critiquing the intended and perhaps untended impacts and consequences of Obamacare. This book is a must read for those concerned with how Obamacare will ravage the United States health care system leaving deeper problems for later generations to address.
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Sally Pipes understands exactly what ObamaCare has in store for us and explains it clearly and powerfully in this important and very affordable book. Be sure to get a copy for yourself and another copy or two to give to your friends who will be willing to read it and take action to help us neutralize and repeal this unconstitutional monstrosity.

She knows what is coming because she lived with the Canadian version and fled it to come to America. Pipes runs the Pacific Research Institute to help Americans understand why personal responsibility and freedom go hand in hand and how government programs restrict our liberties.

This book is only 275 pages long, has 23 short but compelling chapters and hits hard on the key things you need to know about ObamaCare, why we need to repeal it, and what we can do to reform our healthcare system without handing our lives over to government bureaucrats.

The first few chapters show us what is coming, how the mess began, and what the legislative history of healthcare has been and how ObamaCare came to be. Pay attention to her discussions on mandates, the fact that government care gives us the minimum care at the maximum cost (but enriches bureaucrats), and will require every MORE taxpayer funding rather than less. We will have fewer choices and will experience rationing sooner rather than later. You know, those death panels that ObamaCare supporters mocked.

She demonstrates why ObamaCare will not only restrict what treatments you can have, but will crush development of new and innovative drugs and treatments because they would raise healthcare costs if they were ever allowed to be offered. Another problem is that drug and treatment developers could never recoup there costs.
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Le List on August 3, 2010
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Pipes does an excellent job at unveiling the seemingly endless multitude of hidden caveats that exist within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you "don't know much about health care," or even if you think you do, this book is an informative read based on sound principles, not logical fallacies and emotional games. No jargon here, just plain old facts that reveal the true nature of the legislation that was passed in March.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Anna VINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
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Best book out there on what is wrong with ObamaCare and why it has to be repealed. Every politician should read this - every TEA party member, Republican, Conservative, Libertarian,...anyone right of center or fiscally conservative should memorize the data in this book! I have been highlighting and writing notes in the margins on every page just to make certain I remember all the facts that Ms. Pipes lays out.

Easy to read, easy to understand, and above all - easy to retell to those people convinced that government is the answer to every problem. Excellent price too - buy a few, and hand them out.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Country doctor on August 18, 2010
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Great Book. Everyone who is worried about the cost and quality of their healtcare after Obamacare must read. Sally makes it crystal clear that we will pay more for lower quality care through this quasi nationalization of our healthcare system. Substituting the federal government for your doctor is clearly not the solution.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lynch on August 6, 2010
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rallying her troops, declared that Congress had to pass the health care bill so that they could find out what was in it. Thanks to Sally C. Pipes Americans can now know not only what is in the multi-pound bill but also what it will mean for seniors, taxpayers, doctors and those of us who rely on the U.S. health care system for care. This book is a must read for engaged citizens who want to know what our government is doing to us. It is accessibly written and a great read.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By DWhite on August 3, 2010
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Wow. What a fantastic book. Easy to read and understand. Extremely straightfoward. Pipes walks the reader through every component of the bill, explaining why Obamacare is leading us -- quickly -- down a road to nationalized healthcare. This book is critically important for everyone to read.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 3, 2010
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If you liked Sally Pipes's Top 10 Myths of American Health Care, you will LOVE The Truth About Obamacare. Those of us who want the law repealed can't give up! I am buying many copies and sending them to friends.
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