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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.

October 20, 2020

You're Only an 'Expert' When You Agree

For today's political left, an "expert" isn't one accomplished in a field such as science, but one who promotes the left's agenda. 

October 13, 2020

The Preexisting Condition Issue Is All About Politics, Not Policy

Preexisting medical conditions were a real problem for a small number of uninsured individuals. But the political debate is no longer about how best to address that problem, but how to hammer a political opponent.  

October 12, 2020

When Do Problems with Mail-in Ballots Become a Problem for the Media?

Given the potential for mismanagement, misinformation and unintended error–and we’re not even discussing the possibility of fraud–it’s astonishing that the media keep trying to reassure voters that mail-in ballots are a safe and secure way to ensure their vote is counted.

October 8, 2020

With New Drug Pricing Order, Trump Flirts with Socialized Medicine

The majority of new drugs invented globally are invented in America, in large part because our government does not dictate prices. The president should keep it that way, and, just as he did with NATO, demand that our allies fall in line. 

September 30, 2020

The U.S. Won't Need 700 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Anytime Soon

It will be months before we have enough Covid-19 vaccine to cover everyone, but we probably won't need that many doses since many will forego vaccination.

September 25, 2020

Union Fights Against Stable, Secure Healthcare Benefits for Kroger Workers

Employers, employees need flexibility now more than ever--that includes wages and benefits.

September 23, 2020

Even Environmentalists Now Want Better Forest Management

Even the media and environmentalists are concluding that poor forest management, not just climate change, is a major factor behind the California's wildfires. 

September 21, 2020

Election Will be a Referendum on Widely Different Health Care Visions

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In the November 2020 election, voters will decide between candidates with widely different visions of American health care, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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