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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 OPINION contributor at The Hill. 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

FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Touting GND, Democrats Turn a Blind Eye to Existing Entitlements Crisis (Audio: Interview)


While America faces a funding crisis for its current patchwork of entitlements, socialist Democrats are pushing for an impracticable "Green New Deal."

JANUARY 29, 2019

Democrats Devolving into Unserious, Cartoonish Candidates (Audio: Interview)


Today’s field of Democrat presidential hopefuls espouse such radical fringe ideas, they’re basically “full blown democratic socialists,” says Dr. Merrill Matthews on Janet Mefferd Live. How has today’s Democratic party pitched so far to the left, and does it have any hope of staying relevant?

JANUARY 29, 2019

How Do You Pay for Medicare For All? (Audio: Interview)


On Rick Ungar’s Pod Complex podcast, Merrill Matthews says the legislators who rammed through Obamacare, which caused skyrocketing health care costs, now want to foist Medicare for all on us.

JANUARY 28, 2019

Unlimited Freebies and Asset Seizure: Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have No Shame (Audio: Interview)


Universal free college tuition, socialized healthcare, student loan forgiveness, universal basic income… the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential hopefuls have an unlimited list of freebies they want to give out.  Plus, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to seize the assets of billionaires. IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Vicki McKenna on WIBA and WISN and discusses how Democrats have become so radical there’s not much separating their party platform from the basic principles of democratic socialism.

JANUARY 25, 2019

U.S. Energy Boom is Helping Defund Russia (and Its Mischief) (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WAVA’s Don Kroah, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses Russia’s efforts to use energy as a foreign policy weapon, and how it's now being undermined by the U.S. oil and gas boom.

JANUARY 25, 2019

Democrats Lurch Left for 2020 (Audio: Interview)


On Point of View, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the government shutdown war, the postponed State of the Union address, and the chances of Democratic presidential hopefuls winning voters in the 2020 election.

JANUARY 18, 2019

Medicaid Expansion Hammers Quality, Access to Care (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WIBA’s Vicki McKenna, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews dispels the notion that expanding government healthcare programs benefits consumers.  Matthews also says it’s not the uninsured, it’s Medicaid and Medicare that are underpaying reimbursement rates, which is driving up the cost of private sector healthcare.    

JANUARY 15, 2019

Potential China Trade Deal, Democrats’ Freebie Wish-List (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with Mike Siegel, IPI’s Merrill Matthews discusses the Chinese trade war, its impact on the U.S. economy, and what may finally be spurring President Trump to cut a deal and bring it to resolution.  And as Democrats voice their priorities in a new legislative session, Matthews addresses the raising the federal minimum wage, Medicare-for-all, and free college tuition.

 

JANUARY 9, 2019

Trump Pleads for Border Wall; Matthews Reacts (Audio: Interview)


IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews reacts to President Trump’s Oval Office speech regarding border security as well as the response from Democratic congressional leaders, offering his thoughts on how the two branches can compromise.

JANUARY 4, 2019

Romney Picks A Fight (Audio: Interview)


On Point of View with Kerby Anderson, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses Sen. Mitt Romney’s divisive op-ed coming out against President Trump and what tone that sets for his future in the Republican Party and in Washington.

JANUARY 4, 2019

Healthcare and the New Congress (Audio: Interview)


On Point of View with host Kerby Anderson, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the significant role health care could play in the new Congress. 

JANUARY 4, 2019

Economic News in the New Year (Audio: Interview)


On Point of View with Kerby Anderson, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses recent economic news: the roiling stock market, big gains for employment and labor mobility, and how Apple stock value could be impacted by a trade deal with China.

JANUARY 3, 2019

What to Expect from the New Congress? (Audio: Interview)


How many of the freshman socialists’ ideas will be adopted by the new Democratic majority on Congress? IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses with WIBA and WISN talk host Vicki McKenna.

DECEMBER 14, 2018

Economic Trends Going Into 2019 (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WBOB's Ed Dean, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the economic trends we are seeing going into the new year. 

NOVEMBER 20, 2018

Medicare for All Means Government Rationing of Healthcare (Audio: Interview)


There’s a very dark side to Medicare for all. IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews explains in this interview with WIBA/WISN host Vicki McKenna.

 

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