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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 contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves on 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 19, 2016

Judge Slaps Down ACA Insurer Subsidies (Audio: Interview)


A federal judge has struck down Obamacare's unlawful and unfunded subsidies to health insurers. Dr. Merrill Matthews explains on Upfront with Vicki McKenna what the ruling means for the ACA's workability. 

APRIL 27, 2016

Road to the White House & Obamacare's Future (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WAVA’s Don Kroah live in-studio in Washington DC to discuss the presidential candidates’ health care plans, Obamacare’s future, and what to make of Ted Cruz’s VP pick. 

APRIL 25, 2016

Expect More Offshoring Under A $15 Minimum Wage (Audio: Interview)


In this interview with WIBA/WISN talk host Vicki McKenna, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses how liberals push public policies that only exacerbate the very economic problems they’re trying to solve. In this case, a $15 minimum wage would only send more American jobs overseas. 

APRIL 22, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage Could Result In More Off-Shoring (Audio: Interview)


The push continues for a $15-an-hour minimum wage – and while critics warn it will lead to automation and job cuts, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews says it could result in more offshoring in an interview with American Family Radio's Chris Woodward. 

APRIL 20, 2016

Why UHC's Exit From Most Obamacare Exchanges Matters (Audio: Interview)


As the nation’s biggest insurer’s announces it's pulling out of most of Obamacare’s exchanges, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses what it means for the health care law and how other insurers may respond in kind. 

APRIL 18, 2016

Concealed Carry Could Threaten Electoral Status Quo (Audio: Interview)


Could voters with concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) change the political landscape? Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses with WIBA/WISN host Vicki McKenna. 

APRIL 7, 2016

Taxpayers Will Be Paying A Lot More For Obamacare (Audio: Interview)


Due to the crowd-out effect and other incorrect assumptions made by the CBO, it appears that Obamacare will cost taxpayers far more than originally reported. 

MARCH 14, 2016

Is Trumpcare Just A Lightweight? (Audio: Interview)


IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WIBA/WISN host Vicki McKenna to explain that Donald Trump's health care plan is nothing more than just vagueries and platitudes which wouldn't achieve much. Matthews goes a step further to discuss what real health care reform looks like. 

MARCH 7, 2016

Why Is Reforming Entitlements "Political Suicide"? (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WIBA/WISN host Vicki McKenna to discuss how Medicare and the ACA can be reformed successfully in a way that boosts the public’s confidence. 

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

A GOP Healthcare Reform Plan That May Not Work (Audio: Interview)


Republicans have been pushing a health care reform idea that is unlikely to work—at least the way the health insurance system is currently structured. IPI's Merrill Matthews discusses purchasing health insurance plans across state lines with WIBA/WISN talk host Vicki McKenna. 

FEBRUARY 2, 2016

GOP Candidates Shouldn't Lead Healthcare Reform Proposals On This Idea (Audio Interview)


Allowing people to buy a health insurance policy available to residents of another state might be helpful, but it’s not a panacea—and it might not achieve anything, warns IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews on KMED's Bill Meyer Show.

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

As Sanders Soars, the Battle for the Spirit of America


In the battle for Iowa's Democrats, Hillary Clinton isn't doing much better than Bernie Sanders, a socialist.  In a chat with WAEB's Bobby Gunther Walsh, IPI's Merrill Matthews discusses the ideological battle for the United States.

JANUARY 7, 2016

Ethanol and the Iowa Caucus (Audio: Interview)


On 660 AM - The Answer's Mark Davis Show, Merrill Matthews discusses the upcoming presidential caucus in Iowa and its policy implications for ethanol subsidies and mandates. 

DECEMBER 23, 2015

Robert Pratt Reads "Twas the Week Before Christmas: Congress's Festive Omnibus Bill" (Audio: Interview)


Robert Pratt of "Pratt on Texas" reads Dr. Merrill Matthews' clever poetic tribute to Congress's end-of-year omnibus bill. 

DECEMBER 22, 2015

'Twas the Week Before Christmas Omnibus Poem (Audio: Interview)


Mark Davis, host of 660 AM - The Answer's Mark Davis Show, reads a poem by Dr. Merrill Matthews about Congress' festive omnibus bill, passed one week before Christmas. 

 

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