- Politics and Social Issues
What is the Original Intent of Social Security Act
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
*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.