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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

June 26, 2017

The Senate Healthcare Bill Is Just 'Obamacare Lite'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI says that the Senate Republicans’ Health Care Bill Won't Stop the Collapse of the Individual Health Insurance Market. It may be the GOP is willing to sacrifice the individual market in order to achieve the bill’s other important reforms, says IPI's Dr Merrill Mathews in Forbes. The risk is that premiums continue to rise and insurers flee and Democrats, the media and maybe even the public say the Republicans’ “free market” approach didn’t work, so let’s move on to a government-run, single-payer health care system. 

June 23, 2017

GOP May Sacrifice Individual Health Insurance For Broader Reforms


It may be the GOP is willing to sacrifice the individual market in order to achieve the bill’s other important reforms. The risk is that premiums continue to rise and insurers flee and Democrats, the media and maybe even the public say the Republicans’ “free market” approach didn’t work, so let’s move on to a government-run, single-payer health care system.

June 22, 2017

Senate Health Care Bill Would Guarantee CSR Payments for Two Years


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The combination of keeping the guaranteed issue and preventing medical underwriting would make the Senate version actuarially unsound, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews.

June 21, 2017

Anthem Exits Indiana, Wisconsin Obamacare Exchanges


IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews issued the following statement regarding Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield pulling out of nearly all of the Affordable Care Act markets in Indiana and Wisconsin for 2018.

June 20, 2017

Supporting Obamacare Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry


Democrats will never apologize for Obamacare even though it now contains elements, such has high deductibles, they long decried.

June 6, 2017

To Grow the Economy, Make Welfare Recipients Work


The economy needs workers to grow, and President Trump's welfare work requirements will help provide them. 

June 5, 2017

Prescription Drug Importation: Unsafe, Unnecessary and Unwise


Sen. Bernie Sanders has an amendment to allow prescription drug importation, even though numerous officials assert it's unsafe, and the vast majority of Americans have prescription drug coverage. 

June 4, 2017

EDITORIAL: Finding Hope After Trump's Climate Retreat


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

This weekend the Trib has devoted a generous amount of ink and paper to differing views on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord. Those opinions range widely, from Washington Post journalist Ben Adler’s concern for both environment and economy, increasingly dependent on renewable energy and green initiatives, to conservative Texas scholar Merrill Matthews’ fears that the accord made too many demands of developed nations for environmental change, which he suggests (and with strong evidence) is already being positively affected by free-market forces. 

June 2, 2017

The News Only Gets Worse for Obamacare and Democrats


It is becoming extremely difficult to disguise or defend the Affordable Care Act's collapsing individual health insurance marketplace, but that isn't keeping the left from trying. ObamaCare defenders now claim that premiums are rising because Trump won't guarantee to pay insurers certain subsidies for covering low-income people.

May 30, 2017

Trump's Tweet Tirade Against Germany Could Backfire On U.S.


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"The U.S. has a trade deficit because consumers have money to spend — and they spend it," said Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar, in a recent post. "Moreover, when U.S. consumers buy foreign goods and services (the current account), that money returns in the form of investment (the capital account). In other words, the accounts balance."

 

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