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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

MARCH 14, 2018

Kudlow, Democrats' Policy Mischief, Disturbing Medicaid Developments (Audio: Interview)

IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the week's latest issues in Washington with GCN host Mike Siegel, including the announcement of Larry Kudlow as top White House economic advisor and what he thinks of tariffs, Democrats itching for tax hikes and a return to net neutrality, and disturbing reports on the state of Medicaid. 

MARCH 7, 2018

Tariffs Invite More Cronyism into the DC Swamp (Audio: Interview)

Opening the door to tariffs means opening the door to crony capitalists looking to Washington for a leg up over their competitors, warns IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews to the WBAP Morning News’s Hal Jay. 

MARCH 6, 2018

Brilliant Argument: Tax Reform Makes ACA Unconstitutional (Audio: Interview)

Joining WBOB’s Ed Dean, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains why the 20 states which have filed a new lawsuit against Obamacare have a brilliant argument in the wake of the new tax cut law.

MARCH 5, 2018

New Legal Challenges to Obamacare (Audio: Interview)

On the Vicki McKenna Show, Merrill Matthews discusses the latest lawsuit from the states challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, and the specific effort by Idaho to challenge Obamacare’s “essential benefits” mandate.

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

A Radical Idea for the Food Stamp Program (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses how President Trump has proposed replacing part of the food stamp program with a box of nutritious food. Matthews says the idea is well worth considering, especially as a state demonstration project. 

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Broken Budget Promises, Public Pensions & Unraveling Obamacare (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with Mike Siegel, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews criticques the recent budget which falls short of Republicans' myriad campaign promises regarding fiscal restraint, as well as the looming public pension funding crisis, and what Congress can do next to further unravel Obamacare's onerous mandates. 

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

EPA Chief Pruitt Calls for Reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with Rob Schilling on WINA, Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the Renewable Fuel Standard, why we have it, and why the EPA chief is calling for it to be reformed.


FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Budget Shows GOP Still Isn't Keeping Its Promises (Audio: Interview)

History is doomed to repeat itself since the release of the recent budget, showing Republicans have not learned their lesson from their long-time spendthrift ways. ”Things are bad in Washington when Democrats can make the case they are the party of fiscal responsibility,” says Merrill Matthews to Washington DC’s WAVA host Don Kroah.

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

The Budget Isn't Pretty (Audio: Interview)

IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Sirius XM's Steele and Ungar to discuss the Trump 2019 budget, which is just not pretty.  "Republicans said they were going to run on fiscal responsibility, but it doesn't seem to me they've learned their lesson," said Matthews. 

FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Other Nations Should Pay Their 'Fair Share' To Combat Drug Costs (Audio: Interview)

In a conversation with KMED’s Bill Meyer, Merrill Matthews shares his thoughts on President Trump’s State of the Union address and how the administration is planning to combat rising drug prices-- and it’s not through Democrat-style price controls. 

FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Tackling Drug Prices Through Better Trade Deals (Audio: Interview)

Talking with Mike Siegel, Merrill Matthews discusses President Trump’s State of the Union pledge to bring down the high cost of prescription drugs, which Matthews says can be done through renegotiating bilateral trade deals. 

JANUARY 29, 2018

U.S. Energy Exports Make the World More Free (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with Chris Salcedo, Merrill Matthews discusses the positive impact of the Trump administration's policies on the economy and how U.S. energy exports make the world more free.

JANUARY 29, 2018

Democrats Love to Hate Tax Reform (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WIBA's Vicki McKenna, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the ironic political theater of Democrats continuing to disparage tax reform, even as tax reform continues to boost wages, create jobs, and repatriate tax dollars.  

JANUARY 26, 2018

Tax Cuts and Oil Exports Driving Prosperity, Freedom (Audio: Interview)

Turn out “crumbs” feed people pretty well! In an interview with WBOB’s Ed Dean, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses how companies are boosting wages for their workers in the aftermath of the recent tax cut law, and how U.S. energy exports are helping to bring freedom to countries around the world.

JANUARY 24, 2018

Government Shutdown Fallout (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins Ed Martin on St. Louis’s 1310 AM- The Answer to discuss the political fallout from the recent government shutdown, and what’s next for DACA. 


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