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November 15, 2018

Coalition Asks Trump to Give Seniors Healthcare Freedom

A coalition of organizations is asking President Trump to use his pen and phone, much as Barack Obama did, to fix a requirement that Social Security recipients sign up for Medicare hospitalization insurance.

November 8, 2018

Perspectives: Can Drug Pricing Legislation Gain Traction In This Post-Election Washington?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. We agree, but his well-intentioned plan will only confuse and mislead consumers. 

June 11, 2018

Could Trump Administration Help Take Obamacare Down?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The Trump administration is siding with a court case that says the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

April 20, 2018

Florida Insurance Scheme Defrauded Million$


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

It's not every day that a person is sentenced for fraud involving medical clinics, but it's more common than one might think.

January 10, 2018

Those Drug Prices ... Oh, My Goodness!


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

It's an issue of bipartisan concern, but what can be done to fix prescription drug prices?

January 5, 2018

Association Health Plan Proposal: Experts Wary of Weak Consumer Protections, Oversight Issues


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., IPI resident scholar, praised the new proposed rule, noting that it allows small businesses to do what large employers have long been able to: self-insure. “Self-insured employers have been able to avoid many of the state and federal mandates imposed on the small group and individual markets, which helped employers keep down the cost of coverage,” he said.

November 27, 2017

GOP Waffling on Most Egregious Tax Increase on Americans - Obamacare's Individual Mandate


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“And if both the premium and the penalty are considered a tax, the mandate becomes the largest tax increase in U.S. history. And that doesn't include all of the other taxes imposed by the legislation," reported Merrill Matthews in Forbes.

October 20, 2017

West Wing Reads for 10/20/2017


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Regarding healthcare, the Institute For Policy Innovation’s Merrill Matthews writes in The Wall Street Journal that President Trump’s recent executive order to “expand health-insurance options for individuals battered by exploding premiums and fleeing insurers” represents “progress” on health care, but says Congress still needs to act in order to give Americans relief from Obamacare.

October 11, 2017

Trump's Healthcare Executive Order Could Destabilize Already Fragile Market


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be sure, the scope of Trump's executive order remains to be seen, and there are some who hold that concerns over insurance market bifurcation are overblown. "It's an overstated risk," said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar and health policy expert at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Most Americans get insurance through their employers, Medicare and Medicaid, and Obamacare enrollees who get generous subsidies may decide to stay there. "You're really only talking about the individual market," he said.

September 19, 2017

Prediction: Congress the Exception in 'Medicare-for-all'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A so-called Medicare-For-All plan continues to add left-wing supporters on Capitol Hill but a right-wing critic suspects they wouldn't be part of it.

 

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