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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

JUNE 26, 2017

Democrats Hold Tight to ACA As Individual Markets Continue to Collapse (Audio: Interview)


Obamacare now includes elements Democrats habitually denounced, including high deductibles, exploding premiums, and skinny provider networks. And as Anthem Blue Cross announces it is leaving most of the Obamacare exchanges in Wisconsin and Indiana, Matthews tells WAVA's Don Kroah that Obamacare is a political and health care disaster that's disrupted or eliminated the good health insurance options that millions of Americans enjoyed. 

JUNE 23, 2017

Senate Health Care Bill Fails to Stop Collapse of Individual Health Insurance Market (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WBAP's Morning News, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews gives mixed reviews regarding the Senate Republicans' health care bill. 

JUNE 8, 2017

The AHCA in the Senate (Audio: Interview)


IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Dean Stansel of SMU’s O’Neil Center on WBOB’s Ed Dean Show to discuss how the AHCA is moving in the US Senate and which provisions could be on the chopping block.

 

JUNE 7, 2017

Texas Bathroom Controversy, Property Tax Reform, and Workfare (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with 570 AM KLIF’s Grant Stinchfield, Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses top questions for the upcoming Texas special legislative session, including the viability of HB2899, a limited government solution to the bathroom controversy. Plus, what can Texas learn from California regarding property taxes? And on the national front, Matthews makes the case for putting more welfare beneficiaries to work to grow the economy, but will Republicans have the courage to implement “workfare”?

MAY 31, 2017

Paris Accord, Germany's Trade Surplus, & More (Audio: Interview)


On Point of View with Kerby Anderson, Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the importance of the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, our trade relationship with Germany, and the latest on the progress of the American Healthcare Act as it reaches the Senate.

MAY 30, 2017

Trump Should Let Senate Dump Paris Climate Agreement (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WBAP’s Chris Salcedo Show discussing why President Trump should give the U.S. Senate right of refusal on the Paris climate accord, a redistributionist scheme signed onto by President Obama. 

MAY 24, 2017

Obama-Era CAFE Standards Claim Ford's CEO (Audio: Interview)


Ford's CEO is out, in part from onerous and unrealistic CAFE standards which are forcing car manufacturers to build small, fuel-efficient cars very few people want. IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins KMED's Bill Meyer to discuss what President Trump should do to boost the U.S. auto industry. 

MAY 23, 2017

Trump’s Budget Cuts (Audio: Interview)


President Trump’s budget is out and slashes spending on many entitlement and welfare programs, including Medicaid. IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews gives his take with Ed Dean on WBOB.  

MAY 5, 2017

Obamacare Rollback Grants States Freedom to Opt Out (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WINA's Rob Schilling to discuss the Obamacare rollback just passed by the House of Representatives, and how its federalist approach means greater freedoms for states choosing to opt out of some of Obamacare's onerous regulations. 

MAY 3, 2017

Guaranteed Issue Provision is the Beating Heart of Obamacare (Audio: Interview)


IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews joins 660 AM- The Answer's Mark Davis to make an appeal to Republican lawmakers still wedded to the guaranteed-issue mandate for individual market policies. By reforming the preexisting condition mandate, everything else falls in line and keeps the health insurance market stable, says Matthews. 

MAY 2, 2017

Progress on the Republican Repeal-and-Replace Effort (Audio: Interview)


IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses on the Ed Dean Radio Show on Jacksonville's WBOB the latest on Republicans' Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort and whether they have the votes this week to pass it. 

APRIL 28, 2017

Will GOP Healthcare Bill's Federalist Approach Be Enough to Win Over Support? (Audio: Interview)


IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins KMED's Bill Meyer to examine what we know of the new Republican healthcare reform compromise, the federalist approach it uses, its chances of success in Congress, and when GOP leadership may bring it to a vote. 

APRIL 26, 2017

Trump's First 100 Days (Audio: Interview)


IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses President Trump's first 100 days on 570 KLIF's The Stinchfield Report. 

APRIL 24, 2017

Will the Revived GOP Healthcare Bill Succeed? (Audio: Interview)


As the Republicans advance on a revised healthcare bill, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WAVA host Don Kroah in-studio to discuss elements of the compromise deal and its chances for success. 

APRIL 5, 2017

Senate GOP May Go "Nuclear" as Democrats Threaten to Filibuster Gorsuch (Audio: Interview)


As the Senate moves closer to changing its historic rules amid a Supreme Court standoff, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins the Stinchfield Report on KLIF to discuss what it will mean for the world’s greatest deliberative body if Republicans choose to take the nuclear option to force a vote on Judge Gorsuch. 

 

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