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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.

August 20, 2019

The Recession Threat Is Real

President Trump and administration officials are downplaying fears of a recession. While a recession isn't imminent, the threat is very real. 

August 13, 2019

Is Global Cooling on the Way?

Chinese climate scientists predict a period of global cooling in the future, which will surely heat up the climate change debate.

August 6, 2019

Can You See Any Doctor Under Medicare for All?

Important distinction: The right to see any doctor doesn't mean the right to see a doctor soon.

August 1, 2019

How Is the Tariff Working Out for the U.S. Steel Industry?

President Trump presumably wants to help the steel industry prosper. To do that, his administration needs to find an acceptable tariff exit strategy as quickly as possible. 

July 30, 2019

Congress Considers Bill Targeting Hospital Consolidation

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI's Merrill Matthews says the GOP-sponsored bill increases bureaucracy, imposes price controls and is not free market.

July 30, 2019

Back to the Slow-Growth Economy

The economy is doing well, just not as well as we thought—or hoped. If Trump plans to run for reelection on a record of strong economic growth, he needs to resolve some lingering issues.

July 23, 2019

Is Sen. Bernie Sanders Dooming His Presidential Campaign by Embracing Socialism?

Sanders’ reluctance to denounce authoritarian socialists, both now and in the past, is characteristic of the widespread speak-no-ill-of-socialists mentality.

July 23, 2019

Three Thumbs Down for the Big-Spending Budget Buster

Another big-spending budget deal, where Republicans claim they'll do better next time—though "next time" never seems to come.

July 22, 2019

Don't Let Budget Talks Threaten Medicare Part D

Overhauling Medicare’s Part D drug benefit would be a colossal — and costly — mistake.

July 16, 2019

Biden: You Like Obamacare? We're Gonna Keep It!

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Former Vice President Joe Biden has released his proposed health care plan – and in the process channeled a historic Barack Obama promise that many Americans later discovered to be a lie.

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