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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

January 3, 2018

U.S. Trade Agreements: Reasons For Restraint


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation noted in a Jan. 2 Wall Street Journal op-ed column, NAFTA participants Canada, Mexico and the United States are codependent on energy and benefit from the trade agreement’s tariff terms.

January 3, 2018

How Trump's Second Year Can Top His First


President Trump made a lot of progress in 2017—a lot more than many expected. Now the question is whether his second year can top his first. 

January 2, 2018

Free Trade Has Been A Boon to Energy Independence


Energy independence for the U.S. alone is still years away. But thanks to free trade, energy independence for North America is within our grasp. A modernized Nafta can help make that goal a reality very soon.

December 17, 2017

How Average Americans Benefit From the GOP Tax Reform


Here’s one way millions of Americans will benefit from the Republican tax reform, even if they don’t benefit directly from lower tax rates: the booming stock market.

December 12, 2017

We May All Be Exempt from Obamacare's Mandate--Sooner or Later


Obamacare drafters created an escape hatch, which they never thought they'd see it being used: the law's definition of "affordable" coverage. It allows people to escape the mandate if insurance is too expensive—which it increasingly is.

December 5, 2017

Kids Get Health Coverage While Taxpayers Get the Shaft


The “crowd-out effect” of CHIP would be an important lesson to remember as Congress tackles welfare reform next year.

December 1, 2017

Budgets First, Patients Last


The Medicare Part B prescription drug program works reasonably well, providing some of the sickest patients with access to the newest and most innovative drugs. Now MedPAC wants to change it, and not for the better.

December 1, 2017

End the Individual Mandate


Ending the mandate would allow people in the individual market who do not receive the taxpayer subsidies to find an affordable policy.

November 29, 2017

Don't Listen to the Nattering Nabobs of Economic Negativism


The economy used to frequently meet or exceed 4 percent GDP, before big tax, spend and regulate policies became the norm. Tax reform might take us back to the future.

November 29, 2017

Pass Tax Reform So We Can Tackle Entitlements Cliff


President Trump has said he wants to tackle welfare reform soon. Doing so is a much easier task if a booming economy has employers scurrying for workers.

 

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