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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 opinion contributor at The Hill. 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, co-author of On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted SuicideExpanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and 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.

July 23, 2019

Is Sen. Bernie Sanders Dooming His Presidential Campaign by Embracing Socialism?

Sanders’ reluctance to denounce authoritarian socialists, both now and in the past, is characteristic of the widespread speak-no-ill-of-socialists mentality.

July 23, 2019

Three Thumbs Down for the Big-Spending Budget Buster

Another big-spending budget deal, where Republicans claim they'll do better next time—though "next time" never seems to come.

July 22, 2019

Don't Let Budget Talks Threaten Medicare Part D

Overhauling Medicare’s Part D drug benefit would be a colossal — and costly — mistake.

July 16, 2019

Biden: You Like Obamacare? We're Gonna Keep It!

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Former Vice President Joe Biden has released his proposed health care plan – and in the process channeled a historic Barack Obama promise that many Americans later discovered to be a lie.

July 16, 2019

'Biden' His Time on Obamacare

Joe Biden wants a government-run health care system, just like most Democratic presidential candidates, he just plans to bide his time in getting there.

July 14, 2019

Gene Therapy Is Producing Remarkable Medical Cures, But It Isn't Cheap

Developing these remarkable cures is the first step, finding a way to pay for them will be the second. And we do need to find innovative ways to pay for them. Because we want innovators to press on with their research and development.

July 11, 2019

Should People in Prison Be Allowed to Vote?

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Only two states, Maine and Vermont, allow prisoners to vote. The other 48 states bar incarcerated people from voting, and in many cases, have complex rules that make it difficult for felons to vote even after they’re released.

July 10, 2019

Success Is Found In the Private Sector

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants to cap seniors' drug costs in Medicare Part D, but not everyone sees positives to that plan.

July 9, 2019

In Defense of (Honest) Billionaires

Millionaire Bernie Sanders criticizes honest billionaires even as he has historically praised government-made billionaires. He has that backwards.

July 8, 2019

Just Say No to Government Meddling with Medicare Part D

Imposing back-door price controls is bad news for seniors. 

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