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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 . . . 

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
Courtesy / Abe Schwab

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. 

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 Theocratic View of Abortion

Oct 19, 2016
Zach Bernard / WBOI News

During the Vice Presidential Debate, Mike Pence was asked to give an example of a time when his religious beliefs and his responsibilities as a public servant had come into conflict. He articulated no such example. As I’ve written elsewhere, this demonstrates a general lack of respect for all faiths, moralities, and perspectives other than his own.

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I’ve never really gotten into gossip publications or TV shows. I can kind of understand the appeal—the desire to live vicariously through the rumored celebrations and, perhaps more so, the rumored failures of celebrities. Similarly, I don’t really care to see the medical records of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Maybe if I could understand the reasoning behind seeing them, I’d have a different view.

Opinion: The Cognitive Dissonance of Marijuana

Aug 17, 2016
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You’d be forgiven for being confused about whether marijuana has medicinal qualities. On the one hand, 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of marijuana specifically for medicinal purposes (Indiana isn’t one of them).

Hoosiers Aim to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Jun 9, 2016

National statistics show that about a quarter of Americans suffer from mental illness in a given year, but around half of those people will not seek treatment, in part, because of stigma.

IPB’s Jill Sheridan reports on a new effort to fight stigma that is trending across the country, and in Indiana. 

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The Minimum Bar: Assign a Health Care Representative

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