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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

JUNE 18, 2018

The One Difference Between a Ponzi Scheme and Social Security (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with WAVA’s Don Kroah, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the critical state of the failing Social Security program, and its similarities to the notorious Charles Ponzi scheme.  

JUNE 13, 2018

State Single-Payer, Russia in the G7, and Trade & Tariffs (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with Mike Siegel, IPI’s Merrill Matthews discusses why single-payer health care won’t pass muster in California (or in other states), whether the U.S. has indeed been “bullied” on trade, and if Russia should be included in the G7.

JUNE 1, 2018

Are Democrats Really Moving to the Center? (Audio: Interview)


Despite Democrats’ claim they’re moderating on economic issues for the 2018 midterm elections, their steady drumbeat for free college, guaranteed minimum wage, and single-payer healthcare shows the movement has never been further to the left. 

MAY 31, 2018

Growing Push Among Democrats for Medicare-for-All (Audio: Interview)


A single-payer health care system has become all the rage among far-left Democrats, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews tells WAVA’s Don Kroah. “You can expect virtually every 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to support Bernie Sanders-type ‘Medicare for all’ legislation.”

MAY 29, 2018

Saving on Healthcare Through Direct Pay (Audio: Interview)


As health care costs, deductibles, and insurance premiums explode, IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins WIBA/WISN host Vicki McKenna to discuss how consumers can save considerable money by completely bypassing third party insurance.

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.  

 

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