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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, co-author of On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted SuicideExpanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and 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.

June 17, 2019

Tariffs and Middle East Tensions (Audio: Interview)

On WBOB's Ed Dean Show, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the stability of oil prices despite Iranian provocations in the Mideast, and how tariffs are taxes and drive up the cost of goods. 

June 14, 2019

Why There's No Panic at the Pump Amid Mideast Tensions (Audio: Interview)

Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Brian Estridge and Hal Jay on Dallas-Fort Worth's WBAP Morning News to discuss the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks and how the Mideast unrest is having little to no impact on the world's energy markets. 

June 6, 2019

Affordable Alternatives to Obamacare (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WIBA host Vicki McKenna, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses several solutions for helping people obtain affordable healthcare who don’t qualify for subsidies but otherwise can’t afford Obamacare.  

May 30, 2019

Hits and Misses from the Texas Legislative Session (Audio: Interview)

Guest hosting Point of View, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews reviews the 86th Texas Legislative Session with Former Texas state lawmakers Don Huffines and Ron Simmons, giving a close look at what happened with spending, property tax relief, school finance, and more.

May 28, 2019

Edging Closer to the Entitlements Cliff (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins KMED's Bill Meyer in Medford, Oregon to discuss his new book, "On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff."

May 23, 2019

Kerby Anderson Reviews "On the Edge"

In his “Viewpoint” spotlight, Kerby Anderson of the nationally syndicated talk show Point of View discusses IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews’s new book, “On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff,” co-authored by Mark E. Litow.  

May 17, 2019

Politics: National, State and Local (Audio: Interview)

Guest hosting Point of View, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews talks with political analyst and Washington Times columnist Matt Mackowiak about the 2019 Texas legislative session, local control versus the authority of the state, and former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. 

May 15, 2019

Should States Be Left to Decide If Incarcerated Felons Can Vote? (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with nationally syndicated host Michael Berry, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the new push from Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to restore by federal statute voting rights to convicted felons while in prison.

May 10, 2019

Should Incarcerated Felons Be Able to Vote? (Audio: Interview)

Bernie Sanders says convicted felons should be able to vote from prison. IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews weighs in on WJIM's Steve Gruber Show. 

May 10, 2019

Should Convicts Get the Vote? (Audio: Interview)

IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Don Kroah on WAVA in Washington DC to discuss whether incarcerated felons ought to be able to vote from prison. 

May 10, 2019

Unsustainable Entitlements Threaten to Bankrupt the U.S. (Audio: Interview)

IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Janet Mefferd Today to discuss the federal spending crisis and his new book, "On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff."

April 30, 2019

Medicare For All Is A Lie (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins Vicki McKenna on WIBA to discuss Democrats’ push for Medicare for All.  Matthews warns that “Medicare for All” is a scam, and the reality of the program would be the frightening U.S. equivalent of Canada’s rationing, single payer system.

April 30, 2019

The Third Rail of Politics (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins 660 AM - The Answer's Mark Davis to discuss his new book, "On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff." 

April 29, 2019

Medicare For All Hearings (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins Janet Mefferd Live to discuss this week’s Medicare for All hearings, which is simply groundwork for the 117th Congress if Democrats win both houses of Congress and the presidency in 2020. In the interview, Matthews emphasizes the term “Medicare for All” is a scam; it would be a healthcare rationing, single payer system that will actually gut the existing Medicare program.

April 26, 2019

Who Believes There's Even Anything in the Social Security Trust Fund? (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the failed entitlement state, as evidenced by the dismal 2019 Social Security Trustees Report. 

Total Records: 420