Readings in Social Security

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CHAPTER VII
RELATED SOCIAL SECURITY
PROGRAMS

"It is sometimes said that, now that the State is undertaking such large and growing responsibilities in the fields of education and welfare, the work of voluntary organizations must correspondingly decline ... but ... the more the State does, the greater should be the spontaneous response from the citizen through his own organization."

"New times bring new problems and new opportunities. …"

ANNUAL REPORT, The National Council of Social Service, (Great Britain), 1944-1945, p. 6.

"The existing scheme of workmen's compensation has conferred benefits and has certain merits. If the conclusion is reached now that that system should be superseded in a unified Plan for Social Security, this conclusion rests not on a denial of any good in the present system, but on the possibility of replacing it by a better system. Neither in this, nor in any other field should the good be allowed to be the enemy of the better."

Beveridge, W. H., SOCIAL INSURANCE AND ALLIED SERVICES. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1942, p. 36.


INTRODUCTION

JUST AS THERE WERE social security programs in operation prior to the enactment of the Social Security Act in 1935, so, too, today, there are a number of social security programs outside the Act. Still other programs are being proposed as additions to, or modifications of, existing programs.

This chapter contains readings relating only to programs of a government character either existing or proposed. Because of the large number of public plans covering special groups, especially in the retirement and health fields, only five programs

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