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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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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119 of 144 people found the following review helpful
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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.

And anyone who is now a senior or hoping to live long enough to become one will want to read the chapter on how seniors are going to have their treatments cut to help fund other parts of the healthcare system. Not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your, probably shorter, lives.

She then tackles the truth about costs, the way the system is designed to cut into the profits that are the lifeblood of any industry, so that insurance companies and healthcare providers will be put out of business. And the lack of competition or alternatives to government plans mean that you will continue to pay more and more. You will see why the demand for doctors will explode, why fewer of the truly talented will want to become doctors and how the government will have to fill the gap with people with the same titles as before, but with much less skill and ability. The chapter on what ObamaCare will look like in 2050 (if we don't successfully repeal it) is truly chilling. And my life experience tells me that this nightmare is not really a picture of how bad it will be. It will be worse.

Instead, we need to repeal this very bad law, engage in real reform that includes portability, the opportunity to purchase our own healthcare at group rates apart form our job, make better health care savings accounts available to everyone, lawsuit reform in every state, allow doctors to deduct their charitable care from their taxes, reform medicare to make it much less dependent on bureaucrats, and provide health care vouchers to the needy.

Good stuff. Please read it and share it with everyone you know.

Oh, and for those of you who still believe the nonsense about the British National Health Service, please read this, too:
Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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
VINE VOICEon August 30, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
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
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
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
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
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2010
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In The Truth About Obamacare, Sally C. Pipes examines the details of the new health care law and tries to show what its implementation will mean for individuals, doctors, and the country. She argues that, contrary to supporters' promises, the new program will make health care more expensive, limit options, lead to deteriorating medical care, and weaken America's already frail economy.

Pipes is the president of the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco. In the debate over health care, she has definitely chosen her side, championing market-based reforms such as allowing the interstate purchase of health insurance and revising the tax code to encourage individually-purchased, instead of employer-provided, insurance. But Pipes is no ranting demagogue. She bases her arguments on the language of the bill and lots of research rather than emotional rhetoric.

Pipes's prognosis of health care under the new rules is grim. However, she closes the book with an optimistic section on alternate proposals for solving America's health care problems. She argues for repealing the recently-enacted statute and then focusing federal policy on encouraging increased individual purchase of health insurance, expanding Health Savings Accounts, and establishing a voucher system for the uninsured who cannot afford insurance and who do not already qualify for existing government programs.

The book is aimed at a general audience and, although dependent on some pretty dry statistics and detailed research, is readable and accessible. Those opposed to the new health care laws will definitely want to bone up on the subject with Pipes's book. Proponents also may want to read the book to better understand some of the rational arguments against the new system.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great eye-opening book. It explains a lot about what is coming in Obamacare. It details the Canadian and British universal health care plans that are even as we speak imploding on themselves and points out that this is the path that we have just started down. From the budgeting where the taxes start 4 yrs before the benefits to be able to hide a great deal of the cost in the first 10yrs (4 of the 10 would essentially have no cost)to the detailing of who will be hit and how hard. If you are a fan of Obamacare you won't enjoy this book, but you should read it. For the rest of us it clarifies greatly why we need to get this bill repealed.
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