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March 27, 2017

After Repeal of ACA Fails, Feds Could Still Make Broad Changes, Watchers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Although legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have stalled, the Trump administration can make regulatory modifications to the health care reform law to keep insurance companies in the individual exchanges and strengthen the markets, observers said.

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 13, 2017

Tom Price: Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially Under AHCA


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Leaders on the Hill, in industry and some in public health praised Trump's pick of Gottlieb — a former FDA and CMS official, who's also a physician and a prominent health policy commentator — to run the agency. "The reason I voted through my objections with Trump is that a presidential election selects a team, not one person," said Tom Giovanetti, head of the conservative Institute of Policy Innovation. "Scott Gottlieb is another example."

March 12, 2017

EPA Fracking Report Abandons Science, Critics Charge


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Political pressure from environmental groups likely trumped science in the agency’s latest report examining fracking and its risks to drinking water, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a Texas-based think tank. 

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

The Problem with Republican Plans to Sell Insurance Across State Lines


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“I’ve tried for 10 years to explain this to Republicans; it is a big problem,” said Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, which focuses on free-market solutions to policy problems. “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 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.”

 

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