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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

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.

August 1, 2017

United States Is Still World's Largest Oil and Natural Gas Producer; EIA Reports


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews Jr., Ph.D., a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, credits two factors with driving U.S. energy dominance: property rights and technology.

July 25, 2017

The Other Addiction Crisis Facing America: Government Spending


We are facing an addiction crisis in the U.S.; elected officials are hooked on spending your money and we have to help them break the habit.

July 24, 2017

Cruz Plan Allows Obama To Keep His Health Insurance Promise


The Cruz-Lee provision in the Senate health care bill could allow people to return to the policies they once had—and many desperately wanted to keep—before Obamacare effectively outlawed them.

July 21, 2017

If GOP Can't Repeal ACA, Market Stabilization Quick Fixes Are Possible, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"Probably the best way to stabilize the markets is for states to shift to an invisible high-risk pool, as Alaska and Maine have done," Matthews said. "But it isn't entirely clear how well that works for larger states with multiple carriers. And it isn't clear Republicans will provide any money for that."

 

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