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An American Philosophy of Social Security

Evolution and Issues
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James Douglas Brown
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Is our system of social security, which involves an annual dispersement of thirty billion dollars, as effective and as equitable as it might be? J. Douglas Brown's analysis of the policies of this program and the philosophy on which it was built offers insights into its relation to our social and political systems.He was one of a small number of people who drafted the original Social Security program enacted in 1935.He views a national welfare system as a necessary adjunct to our national system of social insurance (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) and fears that without it the role of social insurance to prevent dependency may be distorted. Social insurance, according to Dr. Brown, should extend normal self-sufficiency when contingencies interrupt income normally received, whereas public assistance should remain distinct from social insurance and protect those unable to support themselves.Dr. Blown also addresses himself to the questions of graduated income as a source of social insurance revenues, determination of benefits as related to an individual's imputed needs based on his average earnings, and permanent vesting of pension credits accrued under private programs.The most urgent need is tor a better distribution of health services to alleviate a situation in which doctors are seemingly more concerned with preserving an obsolete but lucrative system of compensation than with cooperating to reorganize an essential service.Originally published in 1972.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Frontmatter, pg. iForeword, pg. vTable of contents, pg. ixChapter I. The Genesis Of Social Security In America: An Intimate Account Of A Critical Period, 1934-35, pg. 1Chapter II. The American Social Security Program Today, pg. 25Chapter III. The American Social Security Program Today, pg. 43Chapter IV. Issues Concerning the Function and Scope of Oasdi: The Proper Relation to Public Assistance, pg. 55Chapter V. Issues Concerning the Function and Scope of Oasdi: The Proper Relation to Private Mechanisms for Protection, pg. 65Chapter VI. Issues Related to Contributions by Workers and Employers, pg. 81Chapter VII. The Issue of Financial Support of Social Insurance by Government, pg. 96Chapter VIII. General Issues in Respect to the Contingencies Covered under Social Insurance, pg. 111Chapter IX. The Determination of the Contingency to be Covered under Old Age Insurance, pg. 116Chapter X. The Coverage of Dependents and Survivors, pg. 131Chapter XI. The Coverage of the Disabled, pg. 151Chapter XII. The Determination of Individual Benefits, pg. 163Chapter XIII. The General Problems of Financing the OASDI Program, pg. 179Chapter XIV. The Evolution and General Structure of Medicare, pg. 194Chapter XV. Health Care: The Expanding Frontier of Social Security, pg. 210Chapter XVI. The Essentials of an Effective Program for Social Security in the United States, pg. 228Appendix. Selected Readings on Social Security Philosophy and Policy in the United States, pg. 234Index, pg. 241

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