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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 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.

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. 

 

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