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October 20, 2017

West Wing Reads for 10/20/2017


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Regarding healthcare, the Institute For Policy Innovation’s Merrill Matthews writes in The Wall Street Journal that President Trump’s recent executive order to “expand health-insurance options for individuals battered by exploding premiums and fleeing insurers” represents “progress” on health care, but says Congress still needs to act in order to give Americans relief from Obamacare.

October 11, 2017

Trump's Healthcare Executive Order Could Destabilize Already Fragile Market


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be sure, the scope of Trump's executive order remains to be seen, and there are some who hold that concerns over insurance market bifurcation are overblown. "It's an overstated risk," said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar and health policy expert at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Most Americans get insurance through their employers, Medicare and Medicaid, and Obamacare enrollees who get generous subsidies may decide to stay there. "You're really only talking about the individual market," he said.

September 19, 2017

Prediction: Congress the Exception in 'Medicare-for-all'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A so-called Medicare-For-All plan continues to add left-wing supporters on Capitol Hill but a right-wing critic suspects they wouldn't be part of it.

September 14, 2017

Texas' Drop in Uninsured May Not Last


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"They did achieve a decline in the uninsured, but they did it in the worst possible way," said Merrill Matthews. Matthews said he also thinks merely reporting uninsured rates does not tell the whole story as many who gained insurance have been unable to use it because of high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs they cannot afford.

August 22, 2017

The Deadly Descent of Obamacare


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As the downward spiral quickens, the White House announces it will continue to pay the subsidies and keep Obamacare from crashing until later. Weighing the likely outcome, Merrill Matthews disagrees: “If you’re going to lose anyway, probably best to lose on the side of good policy — and the Constitution — and reject the [subsidy payments].”

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 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."

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."

July 11, 2017

Price Transparency Is Critical to Drug Pricing Solutions


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Prescription drug costs are a hot political issue, not as much because of the share of the U.S. health care dollar they consume but because consumers pay a larger share of their drug costs out of pocket than they do for other health care.

July 7, 2017

Ted Cruz & Mike Lee Have An Rx


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be clear, this is not the free-market approach that many of us would like, but neither the House nor the Senate has enough votes to return health insurance to a free market, said Merrill Matthews. What Cruz is trying to do is create a situation where the vast majority of people in the individual health-insurance market would have a wide range of affordable health-insurance options — just like they used to before Obamacare.”

 

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