Abe Schwab

Abraham Schwab

The point of insurance is to ensure that individuals who face a catastrophic event with high costs do not end up bankrupt and destitute. Leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, our health insurance system was perverse: medical bills led to more than half of all bankruptcies in the US. And of those medical bill bankruptcies, more than half had insurance when they declared bankruptcy. Having health insurance did not protect them from ending up bankrupt as a result health care costs.

Abraham Schwab

With Republicans still reeling from their failure to repeal (and replace?) Obamacare, Democrats are pushing for single-payer health care.  

Column: Talking Precisely About Sensitivities

Aug 17, 2017
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A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in a Starbucks doing my work. As I sat there, a young couple got their drinks, but one of the drinks was made incorrectly. The whipped cream was not supposed to be there. 

The young woman noted that she couldn’t have the whipped cream because she had allergy. But then, to my horror, she said that it would be okay if the barista just scooped the whipped cream off. 

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As I wrote in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette earlier this week, there is something fundamentally undemocratic about the way that Senate Republicans are handling their effort to amend/approve the House version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Opinion: A 'Richer' Appreciation Of The AHCA

May 17, 2017
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There have been a number of people and groups who have been critical of the American Health Care Act. And I’m here to set the record straight. Unlike so many of you, I couldn’t be prouder of my representative, Jim Banks, for sticking to his guns and ignoring reams of empirical evidence, the will of the voters in his district, and the overwhelming concerns expressed by insurers, physicians, and hospitals. There are so many unfounded criticisms of the AHCA that I don’t have time to address them all, but here are a few.

Opinion: Paul Ryan’s Problem with Medicare

Mar 15, 2017
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Several months ago I wrote that Paul Ryan, in his arguments against Obamacare, was showing his hand that he also wants to do away with Medicare. In the last week, he was trying to defend his recent health care proposal, which I’ll call Republicare, and provided more evidence for this view.

Abraham Schwab

One of the things that separates professionals, like doctors and lawyers, from other occupations is the additional responsibilities they take on. The nature of these responsibilities depends upon the profession and the particular professional’s role within the profession, but they all fall under the general category of working in the best interest of their client or patient.

Opinion: Repeal or Reform?

Jan 25, 2017
Abraham Schwab

I can remember watching as the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) was passed. I was watching on our small kitchen TV in Brooklyn. I remember watching the numbers of votes for and against rise higher and higher until in the end, the law passed.

Since that time, I have given more talks than I can count about Obamacare, what it is, and what it isn't. The misconceptions and misunderstandings about Obamacare continue to this day. 

Abraham Schwab

Like many people, I’m looking forward to the end of 2016. I’m not typically one to put much stock into the relatively arbitrary distinction between one calendar year and the next, but I’ve gotten a bit desperate for the iconic figures in my life to stop dying.

Opinion: A Sucker is Born Every Minute

Nov 22, 2016
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Paul Ryan has repeatedly criticized Obamacare because it has “an architecture, a foundation, that's just not workable” and that “it’s borne on such a fundamentally flawed premise.” Ryan has repeated these claims o

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