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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 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

DECEMBER 10, 2015

Should You Be Able To Buy Junk Food with Food Stamps? (Audio: Interview)

In this interview with KMED’s Bill Meyer, IPI’s Merrill Matthews discusses whether we should be making welfare more comfortable or uncomfortable for recipients in this manner.   

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Will Democrats Force Health Insurers to Stay in Obamacare's Failing Exchanges? (Audio: Interview)

It is an embarrassment for the ACA if health insurers are forced out of Obamacare’s exchanges because of losses, IPI’s Merrill Matthews tells "Janet Mefferd Today." Will Democrats force the insurers to stay and sell in the exchanges?

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

VA's Ongoing Problems Benefit Politicians, Unions To Detriment of Veterans, Taxpayers (Audio: Interview)

Not much has changed in the Veterans Administration 18 months after news of its scandal first broke. And while veterans would enormously benefit from having vouchers for private insurance or even be enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, the politicians and unions benefitting from the status quo make such reforms unlikely. 

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

The Real and Long-Term Effects of the Minimum Wage (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews discusses with WAVA's Don Kroah in Washington DC the real and long-term effects of the minimum wage, plus how not much has changed for veterans in the broken VA system 18 months after its scandal broke.

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Obama Kills Keystone XL (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KLIF's Grant Stinchfield, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews says it's no surprise that the Obama administration has officially killed the Keystone XL, regardless that phases of the Keystone pipeline have been running for years with no problem, and even the State Department has reported the project would do no harm to the environment and would also create jobs. So can anything be done to revive the project? 

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Imposing Pharmaceutical Price Controls Hampers Innovation (Audio: Interview)

Dr. Merrill Matthews tells the national Lars Larson Show the many reasons explaining the high cost of some prescription drugs, what solutions would lower their cost, and warns that regulations or price controls would only make them more expensive or ensure they never reach the market. 

OCTOBER 20, 2015

An Affordable Health Care Alternative In The Age Of Obamacare (Audio: Interview)

IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews tells WINA's Rob Schilling a way to escape Obamacare's onerous mandates and still acquire quality health care. 

OCTOBER 20, 2015

The Push To Embrace Physician-Assisted Suicide (Audio: Interview)

Will embracing physician-assisted suicide change the culture of medicine and the doctor-patient relationship, as well as undermine the country’s longstanding value for the sanctity of life?  IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses with WAVA's Don Kroah.

OCTOBER 16, 2015

The Quickest Way to Lower the Trade Deficit (Audio: Interview)

In this interview with WAVA’s Don Kroah, IPI’s Merrill Matthews applauds the US House of Representatives for approving to lift the ban on crude oil exports, saying it’s the best way to not just lower the trade deficit but also to counter Iran. 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Boehner Resigns: Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish (Audio: Interview)

IPI’s Merrill Matthews speaks with Wisconsin talk host Vicki McKenna about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner and his legacy. Matthews specifically draws attention to Boehner’s inability to provide a vision to lead a Republican majority in Congress. 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

Trump’s Tax Plan: Business In the Front, Populism In the Back (Audio: Interview)

IPI’s Merrill Matthews speaks with nationally syndicated Lars Larson on the newly released tax reform plan from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.



Did Clinton Violate the Espionage Act? (Audio: Interview)

IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews, Ph.D. talks with Genesis Communications Network national host Mike Siegel about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, and whether Mrs. Clinton may have violated the Espionage Act.  




What's All The Talk About An Article V Convention? (Audio: Interview)

On the Jim Bohannon Show, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses and answers questions regarding the growing support for an Article V Convention of the States to provide a check on the federal government. 

AUGUST 27, 2015

Given Hillary's Numbers, "Very Good Chance" Biden Jumps In

Republicans may view Vice President Joe Biden as at least the lesser of the Democrat evils should he jump into the 2016 presidential race. But will he run?

AUGUST 25, 2015

Matthews On Monday’s Stock Market Slide (Audio: Interview)

IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WAVA’s Don Kroah to discuss reasons behind the “Black Monday” stock market slide and whether it’s temporary or part of long-term trend. 


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