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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 contributor at Forbes.com. 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, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and, in 2009, 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

MAY 16, 2018

Government Should Scrap Job-Training Schemes for Unemployed (Audio: Interview)


Are worker training programs a meaningful taxpayer investment for welfare reform? Dr. Merrill Matthews weighs in with Wisconsin’s Vicki McKenna on WIBA and WISN. 

MAY 11, 2018

Border, Fiscal Fights, Eminent Domain & More (Audio: Interview)


IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Point of View with Kerby Anderson and Penna Dexter discussing the week in review. They tackle the subjects of border security and immigration, the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the federal budget and Hill fiscal fights, and also eminent domain, with a new film debuting based on the Kelo decision.

MAY 10, 2018

Workfare and Job Training: Good Idea or Bad Idea? (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses recent welfare reform proposals that would allow job-training programs as a substitute for work requirements. "The only effective job training is on-the-job training," said Matthews, who also gets into a philosophical discussion regarding whether government has any role to play in vocational training. 

MAY 9, 2018

Obamacare's Skyrocketing Premiums Show Death Spiral Has Arrived (Audio: Interview)


As the average cost of Obamacare’s cheaper plans are up this year by almost 32%, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joined WBOB’s Ed Dean to discuss the trend, which he says is the death spiral everyone was warned about. 

APRIL 20, 2018

Why Don't Republicans Care About Repealing Obamacare (Audio: Interview)


Voters are outraged that Republicans in Congress seem to have given up on repealing Obamacare. In a conversation with WBOB’s Ed Dean, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses how states are pushing back against Obamacare, specifically the regulation barring insurers from offering comprehensive, nonqualified plans.

APRIL 19, 2018

Bloated Administrations Sucking Public Education Money Out of Classrooms (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WIBA’s Vicki McKenna, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews draws attention to how little money in school districts actually goes to the classroom and teacher pay.

APRIL 13, 2018

Census Citizenship Question Helps Count the Uninsured (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with Vicki McKenna on WIBA and WISN, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews says a U.S. citizenship question on the next census is not only germane but pragmatic for helping to count the number of uninsured. 

APRIL 10, 2018

CMS Report Shows Obamacare on Life Support (Audio: Interview)


In an interview on Janet Mefferd Live, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews analyzes a new CMS report showing a sobering view of Obamacare.

APRIL 6, 2018

This Week in Washington: Promised Tax Hikes, EPA's Pruitt, Trade with China (Audio: Interview)


On the weekend edition of Point of View, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Kerby Anderson and Penna Dexter to discuss the week's events in Washington. They tackle Democrats's promises to raise taxes, a brewing trade war with China,  immigration, and how Scott Pruitt is doing at the EPA.

APRIL 6, 2018

Obamacare Descends into Its Death Spiral (Audio: Interview)


IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Vicki McKenna on WISN and WIBA discussing a new government report on Obamacare’s 2018 exchange enrollment. It’s not a pretty picture, and shows the program failing and on taxpayer life support.  

APRIL 4, 2018

Ugly, But Undeniable, Truths About Tariffs (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WAVA's Don Kroah, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses his latest work, "Five Undeniable Truths About Tariffs."

APRIL 2, 2018

Truths About Tariffs, Problems with Ethanol (Audio: Interview)


Matthews discusses five undeniable truths about tariffs, what’s impacting Arctic sea ice, and the unintended consequences of ethanol’s use as fuel.

MARCH 23, 2018

GOP Flunks Fiscal Responsibility with $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill (Audio: Interview)


Congress has signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. In a conversation with WBAP Morning News, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews says, "If you were hoping Republicans would finally live up to their promise of being the party of limited government and fiscal responsibility, you're going to have to keep waiting for a while."

MARCH 14, 2018

Kudlow, Democrats' Policy Mischief, Disturbing Medicaid Developments (Audio: Interview)


IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the week's latest issues in Washington with GCN host Mike Siegel, including the announcement of Larry Kudlow as top White House economic advisor and what he thinks of tariffs, Democrats itching for tax hikes and a return to net neutrality, and disturbing reports on the state of Medicaid. 

MARCH 7, 2018

Tariffs Invite More Cronyism into the DC Swamp (Audio: Interview)


Opening the door to tariffs means opening the door to crony capitalists looking to Washington for a leg up over their competitors, warns IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews to the WBAP Morning News’s Hal Jay. 

 

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