The True Birth Of Our Welfare System

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110,489,000. 110,489,000, is the total amount of Americans who are on the nation’s welfare system as of the year 2015 (U.S. Department of Commerce). Welfare, is the social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need by the government, for its’ people. The true birth of our welfare system began during the Great Depression era where, one quarter of the nations labor force was unemployed (wellfareinfo.org), resulting in American families to be impelled into the depths of poverty. Federal Aide given by the government has evolved from the pioneer programs, whom are: medical care (Medicaid), public housing, Works Progress Administration (WPA), food stamps and Supplemental Security Income (SSI); to today’s current wide spectrum of systems, who are such a vast volume, that they’re grouped into thirteen different welfare category systems: Negative income tax, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Housing assistance, SSI, Pell Grants, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Child Nutrition, Head Start, Job Training Programs, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Child Care, LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and Lifeline (Encyclopedia). 35.4% Of today’s people in the country rely on the government provided programs (U.S. Department Of Commerce); you could almost say, this system is becoming so big and broad, to where people now rely on the government more than their way of income; accordingly, that statistic justifies my initial opinion, of how Americans are using the system and destroying the American Dream, where you work hard and create something for yourself, this whole not working and getting paid for it should not be accepted. The United States Welfare system... ... middle of paper ... ... care: Increased access to medical care creates a higher quality of life, preventable death, life expectancy, prevention of disease and disability, overall physical, social, and mental health status, detection and treatment of health conditions. These beneficiaries help create a higher minimal standard of living. When you create a higher minimal standard of living, it slims down the gap between rich and poor. Moreover when the country’s way of life rises with the minimum standard of living the country becomes more prosperous. “The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way”(Saunders). A down side to the American welfare system is how it takes value away from the American dream. The American dream was to work hard to create opportunity for yourself and your family. Giving people who have either lost all their money
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