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Merrill Matthews

Resident Scholar

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy “think tank.”  He is a health policy expert and contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Matthews is a past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics, the largest trade association of business economists. Dr. Matthews also served for 10 years as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Human Experimentation, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and, in 2009, Stop Paying the Crooks (on Medicare fraud).  

He has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today, Forbes magazine and the Washington Times.  He was an award-winning political analyst for the USA Radio Network. 

Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas

September 19, 2017

Prediction: Congress the Exception in 'Medicare-for-all'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A so-called Medicare-For-All plan continues to add left-wing supporters on Capitol Hill but a right-wing critic suspects they wouldn't be part of it.

September 17, 2017

Dems Force 'Medicare for All' On Americans But Exempt Themselves


Having destroyed the private health insurance market, Democrats have a new target in their sights: Medicare. Just don’t expect any of them to be part of the system they would force everyone else to be in.

September 14, 2017

Texas' Drop in Uninsured May Not Last


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"They did achieve a decline in the uninsured, but they did it in the worst possible way," said Merrill Matthews. Matthews said he also thinks merely reporting uninsured rates does not tell the whole story as many who gained insurance have been unable to use it because of high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs they cannot afford.

September 12, 2017

Note to Fed: Low Inflation Is a Feature, Not a Bug


The Federal Reserve Bank is trying hard to push inflation up to 2 percent; let's hope it fails.

September 5, 2017

At MD Anderson You Can Have Cancer Care or Obamacare, But Not Both


People know Obamacare is driving up premiums, but it is also reducing access to care; just look at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

August 31, 2017

Trump Learned From His Health Care Fight and Offered A Winning Tax Plan


Trump is right that tax reform is essential to U.S. economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job.

August 30, 2017

Environmentalists Can Be Their Own Worst Enemies


Americans want a clean and healthy environment. But until some of the most outspoken environmentalists abandon the inconsistencies and hypocrisies, the public is likely to continue tuning them out.

August 29, 2017

President Trump Was Right About China and the Paris Agreement


Trump isn't bringing coal back, China is, thanks to the Paris climate agreement.

August 28, 2017

We Might End Up With Single-Payer Healthcare Whether We Like It Or Not


It’s not clear Democrats really want a short-term fix because they increasingly see the collapse of ObamaCare, and the uncertainty swirling around it, as an opportunity, not a failure.

August 22, 2017

The Deadly Descent of Obamacare


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As the downward spiral quickens, the White House announces it will continue to pay the subsidies and keep Obamacare from crashing until later. Weighing the likely outcome, Merrill Matthews disagrees: “If you’re going to lose anyway, probably best to lose on the side of good policy — and the Constitution — and reject the [subsidy payments].”

 

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