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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

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Turning Welfare Into Workfare (Audio: Interview)


Merrill Matthews joins Bill Meyer on KMED to explain why it’s a good time for Congress and President-elect Donald Trump to turn welfare into “workfare.” 

NOVEMBER 23, 2016

Challenges Facing an ACA Repeal (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses with Bill Meyer on KMED what the Republican Obamacare replacement plan may look like, stressing what provisions must take a back seat if the new plan will succeed. 

NOVEMBER 9, 2016

After the Election (Audio: Interview)


One day after the presidential election, IPI's Merrill Matthews joins a panel hosted by Point of View's Kerby Anderson with Kelly Shackelford and Nick Pitts to discuss the surprises and implications of the historic 2016 vote. 

OCTOBER 10, 2016

Another Mortgage Meltdown? (Audio: Interview)


Having learned nothing from the last housing crisis, President Obama sets the country up for another mortgage meltdown. Merrill Matthews talks with KMED's Bill Meyer.

AUGUST 25, 2016

IPI Podcast: Obamacare's Exchanges In Turmoil


Tom Giovanetti and Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the current state of the imploding Obamacare exchanges, which are losing insurers and seem to be devolving into high-risk pools. The conversation features an explanation of why the health insurance market has eroded and also looks into the future for where the market is headed. 

AUGUST 11, 2016

Five Surprises That Could Make This Election Anything But A Fait Accompli (Audio: Interview)


In this discussion with WINA's Rob Schilling, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses "black swan" events and other surprises that could roil the current presidential election. 

AUGUST 5, 2016

Five Things That Could Turn the Election Upside-Down (Audio: Interview)


Merrill Matthews joins Mike Siegel on the Genesis Communications Network to discuss five surprises that could turn the presidential election. 

AUGUST 5, 2016

IPI Podcast: Online Sales Tax and the GOP Platform


In a regular Policy Wonks podcast, IPI president Tom Giovanetti discusses the Marketplace Fairness Act and how IPI was successful in influencing the Republican party platform to include language opposing the expansion of government's power in regulating and taxing the Internet. 

JULY 25, 2016

Obamacare's Struggling Exchanges (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews talks to WINA host Rob Schilling about the struggling Obamacare exchanges and Democrats' renewed push for a public option in the health insurance system. 

JULY 21, 2016

Podcast: Make America Healthy Again?


Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the current state of the Affordable Care Act, rising premiums, and how the presidential candidates want to reform the system. 

JULY 21, 2016

Obamacare Exchange Market Collapsing (Audio: Interview)


Dr. Merrill Matthews tells "The World and Everything In It" reporter Kent Covington how insurers are suffering losses in the Obamacare exchanges. The result of this "death spiral" is fewer insurers, fewer premiums and fewer options for consumers, along with higher premiums. 

JULY 15, 2016

"Public Option" Has Been Revived (Audio: Interview)


On the Lars Larson Show, Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses that the left's “public option”—the government-run health insurance program that Democrats really wanted when they jammed through the Affordable Care Act—has been revived.

JULY 15, 2016

Obamacare Spirals Down, Costs Are Exploding, What Are the Alternatives? (Audio: Interview)


Democrats are pushing for a public option to expand the ACA. Dr. Merrill Matthews talks to Bill Meyer at KMED about the latest, plus the lower cost alternatives available, including high deductible policies, bridge policies, and Christian sharing ministry programs. 

JULY 14, 2016

Does "Back the Blue Act" Do More Harm Than Good? (IPI Podcast)


Tom Giovanetti and Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the recent Dallas police shooting and how politicians have quickly responded with the newly introduced “Back the Blue Act.” But does the legislation do more harm than good?

JULY 14, 2016

Obama, Clinton Push for Public Option Expanding Obamacare (Audio: Interview)


Even though 15 of the 23 original Obamacare co-ops have closed their doors at a stunning taxpayer cost of $1.5 billion, Democrats are pushing to expand the ACA with a "public option."

 

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