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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

May 23, 2017

Ford's CEO--Another Casualty to Obama's Green Dreams


Ford's CEO is out, in part because President Obama's unrealistic CAFE standards force car manufacturers to build small, fuel-efficient cars that very few people want.

May 19, 2017

Republican Reform of Healthcare Would Be Good For Texans


The AHCA's provisions will lead to lower health insurance premiums while protecting people with preexisting conditions. And should Texas take advantage of the AHCA’s opt-out provision, we could see the return of a functioning individual health insurance market, where individuals have a wide range of affordable coverage options.

May 18, 2017

Selective Transparency


by Merrill Matthews, Peter J. Pitts

Calls for more "price transparency" have tended to be selective. But access to prices is a problem throughout the health care system, and many "solutions" do nothing but exacerbate the problem.

May 16, 2017

Obamacare's Coverage Expansion Isn't What We're Told


Obamacare supporters say it has vastly expanded private health insurance, but new government numbers tell a different story.

May 9, 2017

Fake News About Obamacare Spurring Job Growth


The New York Times believes that cutting the taxes and government spending by repealing Obamacare would hurt economic growth. In fact, we would likely return to the higher growth levels we never had under President Obama. 

May 8, 2017

Market Watchers: Health Care Repeal Doesn't Address Industry's Top Priority, CSR Payments


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The state exemption from the community rating mandate is critical to stabilizing the marketplace, said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at IPI. "I think it allows states to opt out and create a functioning health insurance market. They are allowing waivers so insurers can risk-rate patients and assess actuarially accurate fair premiums. If they are above the standard (premium rate) they can go into the risk pool."

May 5, 2017

Federal Oil and Gas Leases Could Boost Government Revenue


President Trump recently proposed opening up more federal land and offshore for oil and natural gas exploration. That’s good news.

May 2, 2017

Next Agency To Be Put On A Leash: OSHA


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rule-making often wreaks havoc on businesses.

May 2, 2017

Minimum Wage Increases: Venezuela's--and Democrats'--Anti-Poverty Solution


There are similarities between Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's and Democrats' anti-poverty solution: dramatically raising the minimum wage. But it hasn't worked in Venezuela and, fortunately,won't have the chance to fail in the U.S.

April 28, 2017

California's Road to Single-Payer Ruin


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Californians, you've been warned. 

 

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