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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 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

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].”

August 22, 2017

Draining the Foreign Aid Swamp

President Trump and Secretary Tillerson are scaling back the money we hand out to other countries, and the countries and other hangers-on don't like it one bit.

August 15, 2017

To Bail or Not to Bail (Obamacare)?

President Trump faces yet another health care dilemma created by President Obama and the Democrats. 

August 11, 2017

Democrats Push Medicare Expansion Because Obamacare Has Failed

Are Democrats now saying their signature legislation has made the problem worse?

August 9, 2017

Reviving Obamacare Repeal By Killing the Health Insurance Tax

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Two weeks after efforts in the Senate to repeal Obamacare were thwarted by a few Republican senators, there is talk of another attempt at taking aim at what is officially called the Affordable Care Act.

August 8, 2017

Energy Independence Is Close, but Not Close Enough

The U.S. is becoming a net natural gas exporter, which is one step closer to energy independence.

August 2, 2017

Obamacare Policy Options: Repair or Wreck

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

While the Republican Party's healthcare proposals languish on Capitol Hill, Matthews says the Trump administration has a golden opportunity to broker a historic healthcare deal with Democratic lawmakers, as long as Donald Trump sits on the sidelines. "If Trump assigns cutting a deal to Mike Pence, he may be able to get it done. Trump seems too volatile."

August 1, 2017

Why So Many Americans Ignore (Fake) Science

The public is increasingly immune to doom-and-gloomers who use fake science, or fad science, to make outlandish claims because the "experts" so often reverse themselves within a few years.


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