Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, was the guest speaker Thursday at Ashland University. Pipes, address “The Top Myths of American Healthcare”, was part of the Fall 2009 Major Issues Lecture Series presented by the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.
In her address, Pipes explained how President Obama’s health care plan would take America down a path of a Canadian style single pay system. Pipes, a native of Canada, said the plan will affect the quality of health care Americans receive.
Pipes said there is a high demand for health care in Canada but not enough funding to provide it as a result of a global budget set by the government. Pipes said Canadians wait four months to see a specialist and there are 5 million out of 32 million Canadians on a waiting list to get a primary physician. She said there is a severe shortage of doctors and 750,000 people are on a waiting list for procedures,
Pipes said President Obama shoud consider patient centered solutions as an option for health care reform. She said the patient centered solutions will not raise taxes, increase mandates nor subsidies.
Pipes has addressed 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;” “The O’Reilly Factor;” Fox News And other prominent programs.
Pipes 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, New York Daily News other other newspapers.
Pipes is the former assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada.