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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.

June 16, 2019

Debunking Democrats' Claims About Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden hopes to pay for his version of the Green New Deal by eliminating the subsidies and tax breaks given to the fossil fuel producing industry, and he’s not alone.

June 12, 2019

Stock Alert: Toyota Considers a Money-Losing Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota stock may struggle in the near future as the company decides to dramatically crank up its electric vehicle production.

June 10, 2019

Trump's Climate Modeling Reform Scorches His Critics

by Merrill Matthews, H. Sterling Burnett

In an effort to improve the science used by regulatory agencies, the Trump administration has made, and is still making, adjustments in the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies approach climate change and make the predictions that drive climate policies. Not everyone is pleased, to put it mildly.

June 4, 2019

Senator Cornyn's Bureaucracy Empowerment Act

Senators John Cornyn and Richard Blumenthal want to control prescription drug prices by empowering bureaucracy. When has that ever worked?

May 30, 2019

Did the U.S. Shortchange Puerto Rico on Disaster Aid?

Some think Puerto Rico has been shortchanged. The numbers tell a more nuanced story.

May 30, 2019

Sunburn - The Morning Read of What's Hot in Florida Politics - 5.30.19

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“From a political standpoint, it is foolish to push importation. If deaths occur, the politician who promoted it will take the blame,” said Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

May 30, 2019

Iran Can Rattle Sabers But Not Oil Prices

The Iranian government is rattling sabers once again. In years past those tensions would have sent world oil markets into a panic. Not so this time around. 

May 29, 2019

Protecting Pharmaceutical Patents Is Critical to Our Health

Sen. John Cornyn's legislation that attempts to address problems he sees with the patent protections afforded to American drug companies overreaches and would limit the ability of pharmaceutical firms to develop and improve medicines. 

May 28, 2019

Trump's Climate Modeling Reform Heats Up His Critics

President Trump is making changes in how the EPA deals with climate change because the climate change models are not very reliable—just like some environmental reporters.

May 23, 2019

New Book Presents Solutions for Financially Insolvent Entitlement Programs

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The authors of On the Edge skillfully unravel the mess our political leaders have gotten the nation into over almost 100 years, providing straightforward explanations and direct, simple solutions to the nation’s entitlements crisis.

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