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March 17, 2017

Will Single-Payer Health Care Be California's Next Big Fiscal Crisis?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As Institute for Policy Innovation scholar Merrill Matthews recently noted in these pages, a number of states have tried to impose single-payer health plans on their citizens and failed.

March 14, 2017

ACA Reforms Could Replicate Old Problems for Health Insurers, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The GOP plan could just repeat the same ACA mistakes, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews. "Instead of letting health insurers do what insurers do underwrite Republicans are retaining Obamacare's guaranteed issue provision."

March 8, 2017

Free-Market Oriented Groups Urge FCC to Reverse ISP Privacy Rule

Free-market oriented groups urged the FCC to reverse its ISP privacy rules, approved in October. The FCC posted thousands of public comments this week on the rules, many of them urging the agency to better align its rules with those of the FTC.

March 8, 2017

Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy Obamacare replacement should be called 'Abominable Care'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"In the past week or two, Republicans apparently abandoned actuarial principles — just as Obamacare did," said the Institute for Policy Innovation's Merrill Matthews. "So Democrats included the mandate to have health insurance to keep people from gaming the system. However, it didn't work because the penalties were fairly low."

March 7, 2017

Pharma, Biotech Stocks Fall on Trump Tweets, GOP Health Care Plan


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at right-leaning think tank the Institute for Policy Innovation, expressed skepticism at the notion that "getting rid of state lines," as Trump puts it, is effective.

March 6, 2017

Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, which is devoted to promoting free markets and limited government, agreed that “it is a big problem”: “Just because a good affordable policy is available in another state doesn’t mean that I would be able to get the network of physicians and the good prices that are available in that other state.”

March 5, 2017

Both Sides Now, Nonsensically


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“The public tends to focus on the total national debt, which just passed the $17 trillion mark — up from $10.6 trillion when President Obama took office,” explained Matthews.

March 2, 2017

Privacy


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

If Congress passes the Email Privacy Act and sends it to President Donald Trump, it could be an "quick, easy bipartisan victory" for taxpayers and get the new administration and lawmakers off to a "positive" start, said IPI President Tom Giovanetti in an opinion piece in TechCrunch Wednesday.

February 24, 2017

Why Most Patients Say 'Hell, No' to Obamacare


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Wisconsin, a state that had a successful HRP (not all state HRPs worked) until Obamacare essentially shut it down, required insurers to chip in as well, according to Mark E. Litow, a retired health actuary who served on the board of the Wisconsin HRP, and Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar, writing for RealClearHealth.com on February 16.

February 24, 2017

Experts Question GOP Approach to Pre-Existing Health Conditions


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Only 200,000 people enrolled in the pools in part “because many HRPs did not offer financial assistance to lower-income participants, a few charged much higher premiums than Wisconsin, and because of some state-imposed limitations,” say Mark Litow, who was involved in Wisconsin’s risk pool, and Merrill Matthews, with IPI. “All of those problems are easily fixed,” they write in a RealClearHealth op-ed.

 

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