Why Do We Have a Social Security Law?

Why Do We Have a Social Security Law?By Merle Colby
Director of Information, War Manpower Commission
(Published February 1946)

What’s Behind the Search for Social Security?

  • The second big question—“security”
  • “Let’s leave it to the individual!”
  • “Let’s leave it to the employer!”
  • “Let’s leave it to the government!”
  • Everybody’s business
  • How social insurance works
  • The Social Security Act
  • Public assistance—what it does
  • Public assistance—what it doesn’t do
  • Old-age and survivors insurance—what it does
  • Old-age and survivors insurance—what it doesn’t do
  • Unemployment insurance—what it does
  • Unemployment insurance—what it doesn’t do
  • Protection for servicemen under social security
  • Workmen’s compensation
  • Rhode Island’s cash sickness insurance
  • How unemployment insurance works in the states
  • The Main Differences Between
  • Old-Age and SurvivorsInsurance
  • and UnemploymentInsurance
  • State laws and how they operate
  • Disqualifications
  • Experience rating
  • Broadening the coverage
  • A federal system
  • Increased benefits
  • Disability compensation
  • Health insurance
  • Who pays for our present social insurance program?
  • Cost of an expanded social insurance program
  • What form of discussion?
  • Hints to help leaders
  • Discussion questions on social security

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