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July 30, 2019

Congress Considers Bill Targeting Hospital Consolidation

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

July 16, 2019

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

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.

July 10, 2019

Success Is Found In the Private Sector

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants to cap seniors' drug costs in Medicare Part D, but not everyone sees positives to that plan.

June 25, 2019

Louisiana Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Medicaid Fraud after Audit Shows Enrollment Abuse

Louisiana lawmakers are pushing forward several bills in response to an audit of the state’s Medicaid program which resulted in the removal of 30,000 people from rolls because they earned too much money. Merrill Matthews says Louisiana is doing the right thing by trying to clean up its Medicaid rolls, starting with audits.

June 25, 2019

Louisiana Senate Approves Obamacare Replacement Plan

Merrill Matthews says GOP state legislators in Louisiana and elsewhere haven't learned a thing from the Obamacare disaster.

May 30, 2019

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

“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 1, 2019

Texas AG Files New Brief in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

"Planned Parenthood reportedly received about $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars between 2013-15, most of it from the Medicaid program,” said Dr. Merrill Matthews. “While federal law prohibits that money from being used to provide abortion services, money is fungible. It can be used to pay many of the fixed expenses, freeing up other monies to provide abortion services. Attorney General Paxton's effort to defund Planned Parenthood simply recognizes that financial relationship,” Matthews said.

May 1, 2019

States Seek to Strike Obamacare Rule from Federal Regulations Code

Eight states are asking a court to strike an Obamacare rule they say violates their authority to protect the judgment and conscience rights of medical professionals.

April 30, 2019

What to Expect Re: Medicare for All

"Medicare for All, I think, is going to be one of the key issues for Democrats going forward into the 2020 presidential campaign, [and] I suspect it'll be part of the Democratic Party platform."

April 5, 2019

GOP Taking Chance with 'Repeal and Replace' Repeat

President Donald Trump says a healthcare plan from Republicans will go to vote after the 2020 election. Is that a good idea or bad idea?

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