Abraham Schwab

Opinion: The Irresponsible Rejection Of Expertise

17 hours ago
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My daughter recently had a skin infection. It wasn’t life threatening, but, by the time we got it diagnosed and began treatment, it had spread over several of her extremities. And we could have caught it sooner. We noticed the first manifestations of the infection a full week before we began treatment. Problem was, we didn’t know what we were looking at it. We thought it was just a wound that a waterproof Band-Aid had made look a little worse. Our mistaken judgment let the infection spread far more than it would have if we had started treating it right away.

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.

Opinion: The Hidden Horrors of Healthcare Reform

Oct 24, 2017
Abraham Schwab

The “self-fulfilling prophecy” was a term first coined by Robert Merton: “a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true." In my view, this term is perhaps overused. But in the case of the efforts of Donald Trump’s administration and the GOP members of Congress, well, if the shoe fits . . .