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The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All (Guest: Sally Pipes)

February 18, 2020

The Heartland Institute's health care policy advisor Sarah Lee interviews Sally Pipes on her new book, "False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All."

While Democratic candidates continue to sell Medicare for All and other centrally-planned health care ideas to the American public in preparation for the eventual demise of Obamacare, Sally Pipes of PRI has written the definitive book on the folly of their proposals.

In her new book, "False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All," Pipes lays out all the proposals being floated at the moment from presidential candidates who flirt with socialism, and dismantles their arguments using the challenges and outright tragedies of the Canadian health care system and the UK's National Health Service.

Interspersed throughout the book are vignettes of real people and the horrors they've experienced through socialized medicine, from a famous Canadian singer seeking cancer treatment in California, to a patient being told they should consider assisted suicide over treatment. Pipes also offers her prescription for what the U.S. should be doing as we look to replace Obamacare, which involves an embrace of free-market strategies and philosophies to shore up the private health insurance marketplace. 

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.
Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979.