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
Explaining Conservatives' Decades-Long Support for Refundable Tax Credits
There is a reason why Republicans are coalescing around a refundable tax credit instead of direct subsidies for health insurance.
High Risk Pools Solve the Problem of Preexisting Conditions
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A Three-Step Plan to Save the Effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Republicans are getting perilously close to losing the momentum they had and will need to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Everything You Need to Know About the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Merrill Matthews recently called the CFPB the "most unaccountable organization in Washington ... an agency that neither the people’s elected representatives nor the president can control."
Three Cheers for President Trump's 'Core Principles' of Financial Reform
President Trump's recent financial reform executive order identifies six principles that should guide legislation to replace the Dodd-Frank law.
Pass Tax Reform, Then an Import Tariff Only if Needed
The Trump tax reform plan would encourage companies to be bring their production to the U.S., likely mitigating any perceived need for imposing an import tariff.
Trump Needs to Cut $10 Trillion in Federal Spending
President Trump is reportedly considering a plan that cuts up to $10 trillion in federal spending over 10 years; and if he gets his tax cuts passed, he'll need every penny to balance the budget.
Trump Inauguration: Positive Signs For Gas Sector As Power Transfers
Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday promising to bring jobs back to the US and put America first in matters of trade and foreign affairs. And a statement released by his White House as soon as the power transferred to Trump touted "an America first energy plan," promising to maximize the use of American energy resources, end dependence on foreign oil and scrap burdensome regulations.
Perry Shouldn't Forget to Do These Four Things at the Energy Department
Perry needs to eliminate the many costly and counterproductive activities of the Department of Energy and return the agency to its original mission.
Remember When the Left Cared About the 'Underinsured'?
There was a time when the left was concerned about the number "underinsured." That interest seems to have diminished now that Obamacare has created so many underinsured.
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