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June 2, 2015

The Alternate Plan: Texas Counties Pioneer Social Security Reform

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a new publication, The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security’s Disability Program, Dr. Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, outlines how Galveston County opted out of Social Security in 1981 with Matagorda and Brazoria counties following suit in 1982. The three counties instead adopted what’s known as the “Alternate Plan.”

November 29, 2014

These Two States Cut Medicaid ... And Saved Money

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Illinois and Pennsylvania were the two case studies the IPI used to illustrate Medicaid reform.

November 11, 2014

Benefit of Pensions Shown to Be Widespread

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Determining how much of the increase in health-care premiums can be attributed to the ACA is tricky, IPI reports. Increases are based on actuarial estimates which are educated guesses about factors including the estimated ratio of sick and healthy people in a particular insurance pool, the normal growth in health-care costs, and government regulations.

October 22, 2014

All Quiet, Too Quiet, In Allocation Nation

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI's Merrill Matthews analyzed 2013 Census Bureau data and Affordable Care Act figures and concluded that about 52 percent of American households receive benefits from one or more government programs. These figures cut through Democratic spin and make clear that a majority of American households do not pay anywhere near their pro rata share of government spending. This has important implications for both public policy and politics.

June 3, 2014

Worried about Inequality? Then Focus on Helping the Poor, not Punishing the Rich

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation makes a powerful case for Social Security reform.

March 2, 2014

Will MyRAs Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

What are MyRAs and are they likely to be any more successful than existing retirement vehicles in encouraging more people, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, to save for retirement?

January 3, 2013

Fiscal deal makes social programs more vulnerable

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The lack of spending cuts in legislation that averted the fiscal cliff will place enormous pressure on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the president’s new heath insurance plan when negotiations begin in coming weeks to reduce the deficit, analysts said Wednesday.

December 12, 2012

Democrats Draw Line on Medicaid Cuts

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner cites IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews on why Medicaid needs a complete overhaul. "Although it's better than not having any insurance, it is bad insurance. And I argue that health care coverage for the poor shouldn't necessarily be poor coverage."

November 17, 2012

Welfare, in its many forms, mushrooms

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The Orange County Register editorial board writes that vast welfare expansion adds to the looming fiscal catastrophe posed by general entitlement spending. According to IPI's Merrill Matthews and Mark E. Litow, chairman of the Social Insurance Public Finance Section of the Society of Actuaries, "the coming entitlements cliff" is substantially greater than the end-of-the-year fiscal cliff, a combination of expiring Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending cuts.

July 10, 2012

Perry vs. Medicaid plan

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In reaction to Gov. Rick Perry's declaration Monday that Texas should decline to expand Medicaid and leave creation of a health insurance exchange to the federal government, Dr. Merrill Matthews is quoted by Dallas Morning News reporter Robert Garrett that if enough states push back, maybe they can get the flexibility to try and actually fix the broken Medicaid system. 


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