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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

July 7, 2017

Ted Cruz & Mike Lee Have An Rx


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be clear, this is not the free-market approach that many of us would like, but neither the House nor the Senate has enough votes to return health insurance to a free market, said Merrill Matthews. What Cruz is trying to do is create a situation where the vast majority of people in the individual health-insurance market would have a wide range of affordable health-insurance options — just like they used to before Obamacare.”

July 7, 2017

More Competition And Perhaps Lower Prices Coming To The Drug Industry


Trump administration officials have drafted a presidential executive order intended to address the cost of and access to prescription drugs.  That’s good news, because the left plans to make drug costs and access one of its major political bludgeons.

July 5, 2017

If Lawmakers Had Stuck to Original ACA 'Repeal,' Bill Would be Law, Market Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

If Republican lawmakers had stuck to their first strategy of immediately repealing the Affordable Care Act without worrying about a replacement that bill would probably be law by now, said Institute for Policy Innovation resident scholar Merrill Matthews.

June 30, 2017

Now Supporting Immediate ACA Repeal, Would Have Been Better If Rand Paul Had Never Opposed GOP's Original Plan


Failing to gain the votes needed to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump and some Senate Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are today calling for a return to the original Republican strategy of passing repeal legislation immediately, and then put together a replacement bill, perhaps in August.

June 29, 2017

Trump Agenda Would Unleash U.S. Energy


The Trump administration’s ambitious agenda for unleashing, rather than obstructing, U.S. energy is a game-changer for not only promoting the U.S. economy and creating jobs, but a stabilizing factor for peace around the world, said IPI's Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

June 29, 2017

ObamaCare Entices People to 'Game the System'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The Senate may come to terms on a healthcare bill, but one observer warns it won't stop the collapse of the individual health insurance market.

 

June 28, 2017

How US Natural Gas Will Help Countries Meet Their Paris Commitments


As countries try to reduce their carbon emissions in accord with their Paris agreement commitments, transitioning to natural gas power generation may be one of their first steps. 

June 27, 2017

When Public Servants Become 'Public Serpents'


Federal government workers were allowed to unionize 55 years ago. As a result, they have become the most overpaid, overprotected and underpreforming segment of the workforce.

June 27, 2017

Senate Adds Waiting Period to ACA Replacement Bill


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The individual mandate has not been effective in convincing healthy people to buy insurance, especially if they don't qualify for subsidies, or have smaller subsidies, experts agree.

"I was never optimistic that was going to work," said Merrill Matthews. "My statement is most major legislation starts out asking what's good policy and ends up asking what's good politics," he said. "We're at the what's good politics now."

June 26, 2017

Californians Love Texas


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The information about Californians moving to Texas confirms what some people already know. "We've been identifying that situation for some time," says Merrill Matthews, PhD, a resident scholar for the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation.

 

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