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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.

November 12, 2019

States' Internet Tax Grab Going Well--for Them

The Supreme Court's Wayfair decision gave states a new revenue stream—as well as an excuse to spend even more taxpayer money.

November 5, 2019

'Drain the Swamp' Has Gone Global

Donald Trump ignited the "drain the swamp" movement, now countries around the world want to drain their own swamps. 

November 1, 2019

An Easy Way to Reduce Wealth Inequality--But Democrats Won't Like It

Allowing workers to keep their Social Security payroll tax would be a huge tax cut for everyone, while dramatically increasing average workers’ wealth over time.

October 31, 2019

Remember Obamacare? Sign-up Kicks Off for Enrollees

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Another enrollment period for Obamacare is about to get under way for people seeking health insurance coverage.

October 30, 2019

Poll: Voters Confused About Medicare for All

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Democrat voters are confused about what a single-payer, Medicare for All plan actually means, a new poll shows.

October 29, 2019

The Next Tax Grab: Robbing Peter to Pay...Peter

Some Republicans now think imposing taxes to change consumer behavior and then rebating the money to minimize the impact is a good idea.

October 22, 2019

A Governor Addresses the Homeless Problem Because a Mayor Won't

Several large cities are increasing homeless camps. While California is doing nothing to address the problem and protect its citizens, Texas Gov. Abbott is.

October 21, 2019

Trump Orders Worthy Improvements in Medicare

Medicare open enrollment began last week and continues through Dec. 7. It’s an opportunity for seniors to ask what they want out of Medicare and choose an option moving them toward that goal. But those options could change significantly in the near future, for the better — or for the worse.

October 15, 2019

'Medicare for All' vs. a Better Medicare

Both President Trump and Democratic presidential candidates are pushing for Medicare reforms. One approach improves Medicare the other eliminates it.

October 10, 2019

Trump Impeachment Efforts Will Haunt the Next Democrat In the White House

Democrats will regret setting into motion the never-ending impeachment process.

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