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Merrill Matthews

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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.

January 19, 2021

Biden's Plan to Save Failing Businesses: Raise Minimum Wage

Joe Biden's plan to raise the minimum wage would close even more businesses.

January 12, 2021

Wait, 'PAYGO' Is Still a Thing? Who Knew?

PAYGO is supposed to impose some fiscal discipline on Congress. Instead, it is a minor speedbump as Democrats seek to ramp up federal spending—and federal debt.

January 5, 2021

Amazon Failed at Health Care Because It Wasn't a 'Disrupter'

Had Amazon brought to the health care system its ability to disrupt current business models and put consumers in charge, it would have changed the world.  

January 4, 2021

Biden Should Retain These Trump Policies to Keep America Great in 2021

There are at least four Trump initiatives that Biden should retain, which would help the country, both domestically and internationally. 

December 25, 2020

Is Oregon's Physician-assisted Suicide Law Affecting Disabled COVID-19 Patients?

With nearly 25 years under its belt, Oregon disabilities rights groups are seeing a growing callousness among some health care providers who seemingly don’t value some lives as much as others. 

December 15, 2020

Biden Take Note: Businesses Flee to Texas Because Economic Policies Matter

That major companies are fleeing California for Texas is a good indication that the Lone Star State's economic and regulatory policies, not California's, should serve as Joe Biden's model for jumpstarting the U.S. economy. 

December 8, 2020

Fake Covid-19 Vaccines Demonstrate (Yet Again) the Threat of Importing Drugs

It would be both ironic and very sad if a person trying to avoid death from Covid-19 died because he took a fake or compromised Covid-19 vaccine. 

December 1, 2020

Actually, State and Local Government Revenues Are Looking Pretty Good

Many state and local governments are seeking lots of Covid-19 money from the federal government, even though their tax receipts weren't hit nearly as hard as many feared.

November 29, 2020

Bernie Sanders Should Opt for a Government-created Vaccine from China or Russia

Sanders has long championed the ability of the government to provide high-quality health care more efficiently and at much lower costs than the private sector. Well, here’s his chance.

November 24, 2020

You Will Drive an Electric Car--and Like It

The vast majority of Americans choose to buy a fossil-fuel powered car. With the coming of President Joe Biden, that soon may no longer be an option.

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