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What is the Original Intent of Social Security Act

Updated on March 17, 2012

Redifining SS

I don't think it needs repair as much as it needs to be refocused on it's original concept. In 1937 the Social Security Act was drafted during Roosevelt's first term by the President's Committee on Economic Security was passed by Congress under The New Deal.The act was an attempt to limit what were seen as dangers in the modern American life's finances. It was originally intended to protect Americans from a perilous life of financial strife including old age, poverty, unemployment, and the burdens of widows and fatherless children.That was it, nothing more nothing less.

With government expansion and political posturing the benefits program has become where people land in cases of;

*Federal Old-Age (Retirement), Survivors, and Disability Insurance
*Unemployment benefits
*Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
*Health Insurance for Aged and Disabled (Medicare)
*Grants to States for Medical Assistance Programs (Medicaid)
*State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
*Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
*Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

So you can see that not only have more groups and conditions been added, but the litmus test to be added to the rolls have also been expanded. Also take note that due to life expectancy gradually growing, and social issues become more of a platform for politicians to base their campaigns the number of recipients has grown dramatically. From just over 53K receiving a total of $1.2M to 51M by 2008 receiving 615B, with and an estimated 60+ million on the rolls by the end of this year!!

The original intent of this Act being passes was to take care of those who couldn't take care of themselves. It was based on a required pension fund like that of the Railroad at the the time. We have used it as a social reform instrument ever since. We have added so many to these benefits that it is consuming the largest part of our national budget. Fraud is rampant, survivor benefits are going to 3rd and 4th generations, amendments, addendums, and reclassifications for benefits are being used for any and all political gains, the system has run a muck

Now am proud to be living in a country that holds out a helping hand to those that need it. But they have shunned the original intent of the Social Security Act to that of obscurity. The original intent should be re-instated as the ideal to which all new politics heralds.


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      Dee Peard 

      13 months ago

      I am 91 years old. I remember when Social Security was put into affect. It stated very clearly that your number was your

      private number on your account with Social Security. It was

      never to be used for Identification. I have had shouting matches in doctors offices (mainly) that I was not required by

      law to give them my SS number. It Is NOT and ID card. I

      usually lost if I wanted to see the Dr. I have moved a lot as

      my husband was career military. The base doctors did not

      always have the expertise for the care needed occasionally and I would resort to local doctors. I started my arguments

      about my Social Security number not to be for public consumption in 1951. I had my last shouting match in 2015. If I want the care, I MUST give them my SS number.

      That is a lot of hogwash,but they have the upper hand.

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      5 years ago

      I am 70 years old.I Put myself through nursing school at age 33 w/ 3 children (and paid for it). Myself as well as my employer's have contributed to SS for the past 35 years. Yet it is called an entitlement??? I continue to work,I received a cost of living raise from SS as well as another year of paying. Well you can imagine my surprise to discover my monthly rate from SS bandits is $100.00 less then last year.I called to be informed that this is part of the "Affordable Care Act" I said"Obama Care?"oh no mam not Obama Care the "Affordable Care Act" I am in good health & choose to work but what happened to taking care of Seniors? I care for people well below my age who are on the dole w/ Medicaid. We are working for those that won't. I am so disgusted w/ this administration that I fluctuate between disgust,fear & sadness.


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