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March 13, 2017

Tom Price: Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially Under AHCA

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Leaders on the Hill, in industry and some in public health praised Trump's pick of Gottlieb — a former FDA and CMS official, who's also a physician and a prominent health policy commentator — to run the agency. "The reason I voted through my objections with Trump is that a presidential election selects a team, not one person," said Tom Giovanetti, head of the conservative Institute of Policy Innovation. "Scott Gottlieb is another example."

March 8, 2017

Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy Obamacare replacement should be called 'Abominable Care'

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"In the past week or two, Republicans apparently abandoned actuarial principles — just as Obamacare did," said the Institute for Policy Innovation's Merrill Matthews. "So Democrats included the mandate to have health insurance to keep people from gaming the system. However, it didn't work because the penalties were fairly low."

March 7, 2017

Pharma, Biotech Stocks Fall on Trump Tweets, GOP Health Care Plan

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at right-leaning think tank the Institute for Policy Innovation, expressed skepticism at the notion that "getting rid of state lines," as Trump puts it, is effective.

March 6, 2017

Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, which is devoted to promoting free markets and limited government, agreed that “it is a big problem”: “Just because a good affordable policy is available in another state doesn’t mean that I would be able to get the network of physicians and the good prices that are available in that other state.”

February 24, 2017

Why Most Patients Say 'Hell, No' to Obamacare

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Wisconsin, a state that had a successful HRP (not all state HRPs worked) until Obamacare essentially shut it down, required insurers to chip in as well, according to Mark E. Litow, a retired health actuary who served on the board of the Wisconsin HRP, and Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar, writing for on February 16.

February 24, 2017

Experts Question GOP Approach to Pre-Existing Health Conditions

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Only 200,000 people enrolled in the pools in part “because many HRPs did not offer financial assistance to lower-income participants, a few charged much higher premiums than Wisconsin, and because of some state-imposed limitations,” say Mark Litow, who was involved in Wisconsin’s risk pool, and Merrill Matthews, with IPI. “All of those problems are easily fixed,” they write in a RealClearHealth op-ed.

January 23, 2017

Where Obamacare Stands Now

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews
December 6, 2016

Payers Continue to Drop Out of the Health Insurance Exchanges

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Five payers have been struggling to maintain profit selling health plans on the health insurance exchanges.

December 6, 2016

In The GOP Push To Repeal And Replace Obamacare, The Easy Part Is Over

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Dr. Merrill Matthews of IPI says clues for possible Republican replacements are in the House bill Price wrote. The plan included expanded tax credits for those who do not have coverage from an employer and a major expansion of tax-free, health care spending accounts for everyone, Matthews said.

November 14, 2016

Obamacare on GOP's Chopping Block, But Repeal & Replace Won't Be Easy, Scholar Says

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Repealing and replacing Obamacare will not be easy, says IPI's Merrill Matthews. “The highest hurdle the GOP faces is the potential for a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.”


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