Sally C. Pipes

President and CEO
Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy

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 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.

As a health care expert, Ms. Pipes has debated Paul Krugman, Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist, in New York at Rockefeller University.  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 debated 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 appeared in Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko” and has participated in prominent debates and public forums, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, committees of the California and Oregon legislatures, appeared on popular television programs including debating former Vermont Governor Howard Dean on CNBC, participated in talk radio shows nationwide, and had 180 opeds published on health care issues in 2010.

Her book The Truth About ObamaCare was published by Regnery Publishing and released August 2010. As of the end of 2010, 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.” She is writing a new book, The Top Ten Solutions for Dismantling Obamacare: A Citizen’s Guide.

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.”

Ms. Pipes served on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Financial’s Long-Term Care Insurance Division in 2006, and currently serves on the national advisory board of Capital Research Center, 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.

She 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. In 2005, 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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