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The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen's Guide Paperback – January 1, 2008
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"Before you do anything else, make a note to read; 'The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care' by Sally C. Pipes. It might literally save your life, by checking the political stampede toward a government-controlled medical profession usually presented politically as 'universal health care." Thomas Sowell --Creators Syndicate
A great place to start is "The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care" by Sally C. Pipes. This is an extraordinarily edifying book that should be must-reading -- a health care mandate even I can agree to -- for every citizen upon whom socialized medicine could be visited and every politician contemplating visiting it upon us -- or properly opposing " David Limbaugh --David Limbaugh Blog
About the Author
Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. Ms. Pipes addresses national and international audiences on health care, women s issues, and the economy. She has been interviewed on CNN s Glenn Beck Show; NBC s Nightly News with Brian Williams ; CNNfn; The O Reilly Factor, Fox News; Your World With Neil Cavuto , The Today Show; Kudlow & Company on CNBC, Dateline; Politically Incorrect; The Dennis Miller Show; and other prominent programs. She has written regular columns for Chief Executive and Investor s Business Daily. Currently, she writes a monthly column on health care issues for the Examiner newspapers. Her 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, New York Daily News, the Boston Globe, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, to name a few. Ms. Pipes views on health care appeared in a special report of the world s 30 leading health care experts published by Forbes.com entitled, Solutions: Health Care. She was quoted in Shape Magazine for her support of Consumer Directed Health Care. Ms. Pipes writes, speaks, debates, and gives invited testimony at the national and state levels on key health-care issues facing America. Topics include the false promise of a single-payer system as exists in Canada, pharmaceutical pricing, solving the problem of the uninsured, and strategies for consumer-driven health care. Ms. Pipes was one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president. She appears in Michael Moore s movie Sicko and has participated in prominent debates and public forums, testified before five committees of the California and Oregon legislatures, appeared on popular television programs, participated in talk radio shows nationwide, and had 127 opeds published on health care issues in 2007. Her 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 Amazon.com. In October 2008, her second book The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen s Guide was released. Hillsdale College published her essay on health care reform in the 2006 edition of Champions of Freedom. It was part of a conference on Entrepreneurship and the Spirit of America . She also co-authored with Spencer Star Income and Taxation in Canada and co-authored with Michael Walker seven editions of Tax Facts. Ms. Pipes has held a variety of positions in both the private and public sectors. In British Columbia, the Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs appointed her director and vice-chairman of the Financial Institutions Commission. Ms. Pipes served on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Financial s Long-Term Care Insurance Division in 2006, the national advisory board of Capital Research Center, the advisory board for the Bastiat Journalism Prize, the board of advisors of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, the Advisory Board of the California Association of Scholars, and the State Policy Network president s advisory council. She has served as a trustee of St. Luke s Hospital Foundation in San Francisco, a board member of the Independent Women s Forum, and as a governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation. She was a member of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger s transition team in 2003-04.
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It should be required reading for all legislators at the federal level. It also illustrates why Obamacare is exactly the wrong approach and doomed to failure even before it is implemented.
1) The style is dry and without flow.
2) No solutions to 'Health Care' problems are proposed.
I have seen Ms Pipes on TV talk a number of times and it seems apparent that she has a wealth of experience, knowledge and intelligence. Regretably, these attributes have not been used to good effect in her book.
Ms. Pipes certainly has the credentials and we should certainly listen to what she has to say. She does a good job of breaking down this complex issue into simple reading.
As an added note, she lived under the Canadian health care systems and says it isn't satisfactory for most American's. Since I've never experienced this I'll never know, but I'll take her word for it.
She refutes each of the healthcare myths with solid research and sound economic logic.
The best part is that she does not only argue against the myths, but at the end presents a range of free market solutions that will improve everyones healthcare.
This is one of the best condensed versions for healthcare reform and should be read by everyone interested in this subject.