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May 25, 2017

Research and Commentary: State High Risk Pools for Health Insurance


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation examined state high-risk pools and determined what made certain state pools successful. 

May 25, 2017

Report Says Bill Leaves 51 Million Uninsured in 2026


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

The American Health Care Act is now in the Senate’s hands, and Wednesday’s score will inform senators’ work as they draft their own version of the bill, experts say.

May 25, 2017

Trump's Toxic Budget Is a Cheap Win for the Right People


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti | Media Hit

A tax compromise that Trump could claim credit for isn’t hard to imagine. Business would be pleased. “A quarter of a loaf is better than none,” says Tom Giovanetti, president of the center-right Institute for Policy Innovation in Irving, Texas.

May 25, 2017

Different Sides See CBO Report Differently


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, said Wednesday that "Republicans will think they dodged the bullet with this. They will feel it could have been worse."

May 25, 2017

CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

Just ahead of the report's release, the Institute for Policy Innovation issued a statement reacting to yet another health insurer's decision to pull out of Obamacare. "Democrats sold Obamacare as a way to expand access to health insurance and lower the costs. Just the opposite is happening," said Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar. "What we are seeing is a collapse of the individual insurance market."

May 24, 2017

Senate Deserves Right of Refusal on Paris Agreement


The decision on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement should lie with the Senate, which is empowered by the Constitution to ratify treaties.

May 24, 2017

BCBS Kansas City Joins Growing List of Insurers Pulling Out of ACA


Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will join a long and quickly growing list of health insurers that have concluded Democrats and President Obama had no idea how to reform the health insurance system when they imposed the Affordable Care Act on the country. 

May 23, 2017

Texas Leaders Are Failing to Pursue Conservative Principles, And The Thwarted Sale of Oncor Is A Perfect Example


In yet another legislative cycle, Texas voters have sent a substantial cadre of conservative legislators to Austin, and yet again, anything resembling a free-market agenda has barely budged.

May 22, 2017

Publication Examines Health Care 'Price Transparency' Efforts: Widespread Challenges, Selective Solutions


In a new publication, “Selective Transparency: Transparency Efforts Obscure Real Health Care Pricing Issues,” IPI's Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., and CMPI's Peter Pitts examine the challenge consumers face in discovering prices in every sector of the health care system—not just prescription drugs.

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.

 

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