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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 weekly contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves as Vice Chairman of 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

April 25, 2017

Speeches That Weren't Made During the March for Science


Lots of speeches were given during the March for Science. Here are some important issues that likely weren't discussed.

April 18, 2017

Want to See What Protectionism Looks Like? Look at Steel


We don't have to turn to economic theory to see the problems with protective tariffs, we have real life examples.

April 17, 2017

Raising Taxes Won't Stop Climate Change, But Will Slow Economic Growth


The country needs policies that help it become more competitive, not less so. Lowering the tax burden, not raising it with a carbon tax, is the best way to achieve that goal.

April 11, 2017

Republicans Who Believe in 'Tax Gain Without the Pain'


Some Republicans have now decided that there is no downside to certain tax increases.

April 4, 2017

Returning the Filibuster to the Good Ole Days of Mr. Smith


The Senate filibuster emerged in the 1800s and has evolved over time.  It originally made the Senate a more deliberative body, but a change in 1975 has made it less deliberative.

March 31, 2017

Freedom Caucus Likely Saved GOP From A Huge Embarrassment


If the AHCA plan were to become law with the guaranteed issue provision, most insurers would continue their exodus from the individual market or exchanges.

March 29, 2017

Trump Order Dismantles Climate Rules


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that may slow the closure of some US coal-fired power plants and will begin a lengthy process of rescinding much of former President Barack Obama's climate change policies.

March 28, 2017

Six Challenges Facing Tax Reform


President Trump appears more excited about tax reform than health care reform, but he will face some of the same challenges--and perhaps even more.

March 27, 2017

After Repeal of ACA Fails, Feds Could Still Make Broad Changes, Watchers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Although legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have stalled, the Trump administration can make regulatory modifications to the health care reform law to keep insurance companies in the individual exchanges and strengthen the markets, observers said.

March 21, 2017

The Debt Ceiling's Baaaaack! What Will Republicans Do?


Republicans challenged President Obama efforts to raise the debt ceiling by demanding spending cuts. Now that the debt ceiling is back and Republicans are in control, will they be as aggressive in pushing spending cuts?

 

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