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Understanding the Social Security Act: The Foundation of Social Welfare for America in the Twenty-First Century

Andrew Dobelstein


America's social welfare commitments, including retirement and disability payments, unemployment insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, the State Child Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, face mounting pressures as economic and social challenges escalate. It was originally created in 1935 to mitigate the personal economic hardships of the Great Depression on future cohorts of Americans. Many social welfare policy experts fail to grasp the intricacy and complexity of America's obligations as they are woven together under the authority o ... More

Keywords: Social Security Act, retirement benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, social welfare commitments, welfare policy, TANF

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dobelstein, author
University of North Carolina