Sally Pipes CEO of the Pacific Research Institute

Leading Expert Health Care


Sally Pipes is President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president of PRI in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. Her latest book is False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All.


Ms. Pipes addresses national and international audiences on health care. In April 2018, she received an honorary Ph.D from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy for her work on health care reform. She gave the commencement address at the Convocation. In September 2019, she was invited to participate in an Intelligence Squared debate in New York City. The motion: “Replace Private Insurance with Medicare for All”. She and her partner won the debate. The New York Post invited her to participate in a Sunday symposium on M4A (September 22). C-SPAN covered her Medicare For All Panel at the Heritage Foundation. President Trump posted on Facebook her Weekly Fox News Column (August 11) on why union members should be wary of M4A. She was interviewed by host Mark Levin on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty and Levin” on Medicare for Al. The first showing was seen by 1.5 million viewers and it generated a tremendous number of positive responses from viewers. She has also appeared on ABC’s 20/20; CNN; FOX News”; NBC “Nightly News”; FOX Business Network; “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “The Today Show;” “Kudlow & Company on CNBC; MSNBC; “Dateline;” “Politically Incorrect;” “The Dennis Miller Show;” NBC Bay Area’s “Reality Check on Obamacare with Sam Brock”, and other prominent programs. She was featured in the special one-hour FOX documentary, “Live Free or Die in New Hampshire,” that was hosted by Bret Baier.


Ms. Pipes writes a bi-weekly health care column for and one for the Washington Examiner’s blog “Beltway Confidential”. She was invited in May 2019 to write a weekly health care column for Fox News. Her health care opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, 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. Her comments are included regularly in national media outlets from Politico to the Washington Post. 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.


As a health care expert, Ms. Pipes participates in many debates: “Intelligence Squared” debate in New York on M4A, arguing from the con side. She debated two doctors who support single payer health care at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine before 300 medical students. She and Avik Roy, formerly of the Manhattan Institute, debated Jonathan Cohn, former senior editor, The New Republic magazine and now with The Huffington Post and Jonathan Chait, editor, New York Magazine, at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. She also has debated Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, former Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist, in New York at Rockefeller University. Also sponsored by Intelligence Squared, the debate was attended by 450 people and was viewed by 270 million around the world through NPR and BBC Worldwide. She has also debated the late Princeton Professor Uwe Reinhardt and Harvard’s Dr. David Himmelstein twice on the “No” side of the motion that “universal health coverage is the responsibility of the federal government.”


She served as one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. She was featured in Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko” and has participated in prominent public forums, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight Committee, the Senate HELP Committee, and in the California, Maine, and Oregon legislatures. She also participates in key radio shows nationwide including “The Dennis Prager Show,” The Larry Elder Show,” “The Lars Larson Show,” and Ed Morrisey’s regular program “Hot Air.” In 2018 she had over 300 health care op-eds published with many being reprinted and retweeted. Follow her on twitter at @sallypipes.


In January 2019, Encounter Books published her book False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All. The foreword has been written by former Senator Tom Coburn, MD. In March 2018, Encounter published her Broadside The False Promise of Single Payer Health Care. And, in January 2016, they released The Way Out of Obamacare. The Cure for Obamacare was released July 17th, 2013. Eagle Publishing’s Human Events division released her white paper The True Costs of Obamacare, 2014—a special report.


Sally received the Roe Award at the 2004 annual meeting of State Policy Network. The award is a tribute to an individual in the state public policy movement who has a passion for liberty, a willingness to work for it, and noteworthy achievement in turning dreams into realities. Human Events named her one of the Top 10 Women in the Conservative Movement in America. In 2008, she was honored by the California Women’s Leadership Association. She received the 3rd Annual Women Achievers’ award, “Celebrating the Spirit of Women”. She was also featured in a new book “Women Who Paved the Way” as one of 35 most outstanding women in business in the nation. In August 2009, she was invited by Canada’s Minister of Finance to participate in his “Third Annual Summer Policy Retreat” at Meech Lake in Quebec. The three-day event was attended by a small group of professors, think tank presidents, and small business leaders. The focus was on how to restructure the Canadian health care system.


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