Health insurance costs have been rising steadily for years. It can be a big chunk of your budget. If you are young and healthy, it can be tempting to skip this cost. But when you skeptically ask yourself, should I buy health insurance?, you need to not just assume the answer is no. Instead, ask yourself these other questions first:
Many Americans believe that the social security program will face a crisis in this century because of funds running out. The fear of the people is that he government’s funds will be bankrupt when those people try to retire. Already a quarter of most Americans believe that they will receive no benefits from social security; what can we do about the social security problem? The reason that the problem is occurring is because of pay-as-you-go financing, demographic changes, the adoption of wage-indexing of the benefit formula in the 1970s. Due to the baby boomer generation, there are more americans retiring than ever. The younger generation has to pay for the older people retiring, but the problem is that there are less young people entering the
The Social Security Act of 1935 was passed in order to provide for elderly citizens who could not provide for themselves. Through this system, working citizens would pay into the system to provide for citizens aged 65 and older, and then when they reached the age of 65 they would be cared for as well. This system continues today, but as the life expectancy of citizens increases, many wonder if the Social Security cut off age should be raised to 70. It should. The fact of the matter is that the average 65 year old does not need their social security check in the way they did in 1935, so the system shouldn’t be wasting its finite resources caring for them.
Welfare started as a temporary response to the economic crash in the 1930s. Its primary goal was to provide cushioning to the families who lost the ability to be self-sufficient during the Great Depression. Yet, as America slowly rose back to becoming prosperous and wealthy, a significant chunk of America's population stayed below in the transitioning social system. The welfare system started to become counterproductive to the government so that, in the 1990s, Clinton hastily came up with legislation to end welfare, more famously known as the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. This road that Clinton led ended in a downfall as more people than ever before are now dependent on the federal government for food, housing, and income. Our current welfare reform may need another reform before welfare can truly end.
According to the National Foster Youth institute, “More than 23,000 children age out of the US foster care system every year.”() Aging out is the process of a teens transitioning from the legal control of the foster care system, to independent living. Youth aging out of foster care should be given an extension on foster care services after the age of 18, because it provides a stable home for teens, it increases the amount of college graduates and it provides healthcare for those in need.
The legislation referred to as the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act has recently come to my attention with great concern. As a citizen of the United States, a current taxpayer, and an eligible voter as of May 2015, this bill will not only affect my present but also my future.
US health care is one of the most talked about or controversial topics in last few years. We often come across debates, articles or columns relating to this topic. This is a hot topic of this generation. Why everyone should have insurance? Why people should have for something that might not use? These are some of the questions we found ourselves surrounding by. In my opinion US citizens should be required to have insurance. Both men and women have separate needs when it comes to health. More women are facing health issues because of teen pregnancies and child birth, it is important to for everyone to have a health care plan according to their needs. So when the time comes right treatment and medical attention can be provided. In this piece I will be presenting some ideas and arguments supporting my side and also looking at the flip side of the discussion.
The social work profession and my life experiences have taught me that we all at one point of our lives have been in the position of asking for help. For some people asking for help may be an effortless task, but for others, asking for help may involve challenging cultural and family values. This paper will focus on a period in my life when asking for help signified a huge personal challenge, as I was taught growing up that I should keep my personal problems to myself and not involve third parties.
We could save the Social Security Program, if we engaged in some simple changes. There could be some slight changes in the retirement age area and in the Taxes area. According to the Article "Modest Changes Could save Social Security Program" written by Stephen Ohlemacher, he clearly stated that employees are 100% grantee for an full retirement benefit package once the hit the age of sixty-six. It will later rises to the age of sixty-seven for elders that was born in 1960 or later. In addition, employees are able to receive an early retirement at the age of sixty-two, although their retirement benefits would have been reduced (Ohlemacher). Some changes we can apply to the retirement age, is that we could slightly increase the retirement age until it reaches seventy in the year 2027, which would eliminate some shortfall in the program. Secondly, there should be a three-year increase in the early retirement age,
In 2015, $895 billion dollars was spent on social security. The problem is the working people provide social security for the retired. Since people are living longer, there is not enough money from the people who are currently working to provide for retired individuals. I believe the best way to solve this problem is by changing social security. I think everyone should be required to have a social security account that they put a certain percentage of their paycheck into each year. The account should be secured and the government should not allow the individual to receive the money from the account until they reach a certain age. This procedure would ensure that everyone would have money for retirement and the government would only have to safely store the money, not provide the money to the individuals. If the individual dies before retirement, the money should be used to pay for any debt the person owes or go to a designated person as suggested in the deceased person’s
In 2003, Shirley Loewe walked through the doors of a local medical center to have a lump on her breast examined, (Carreyrou). After regular testing, the tumor was found to be a rare form of breast cancer. When Shirley Loewe entered the clinic, she was uninsured by any health insurance program. Due to federal law regarding the Medicaid program, Shirley Loewe would be accepted to cover her visit for coverage under Medicaid if she went to a different medical center. That particular infirmary Miss Loewe was diagnosed in rejected her plan, which led to her treatment of ridding cancer horrendous. After four years, five hospitals, two clinics, two large donations, two care facilities, two separate states, and denied care six times due to wealthy
The Social Security Act was originally one of my New Deal Programs to deal with the instability of retirement in the United States but I saw the opportunity that it could also do more than just that. The good people of the U.S. cannot always control whether they keep or lose their jobs. To combat unemployment rates, the SSA will act as a safety net for people that have been laid-off until they could find another source of income. Money will be taken out of an employee’s paycheck to help pay for Social Security. Two percent of all paychecks will be affected. Older Americans, the handicapped, and dependents were also given the money. In the beginning, about sixty percent of the workforce will be covered by Social Security but I predict that in about sixty years that ninety-five percent of the workforce will be covered. “Initially 60% of the workforce was covered by Social Security (by 1995, 95% of the workforce was covered)” (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Our
Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health and the prevention of sickness diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, and injury. Because of the need for healthcare is so important, the America government had to come up with a way to make sure people have healthcare and be able to pay for it. The government came up with a healthcare system that use insurance and premiums to make sure one has coverage when they go to the hospital for healthcare needs. If the government and hospitals really care about people’s health, then why do they make insurance and premiums so high that people cannot afford them? In 2005 there was an estimate 45 million Americans that lacked health insurance, and the numbers have been climbing since (Clemmitt, Universal Coverage 1). If the government says that they care about human life, then there should just be universal coverage so everyone can get their healthcare needs met no matter if that person is poor or rich.
Amongst many of the Unites States government run systems, healthcare is essentially a money making machine with little regard to the well-being of those in need. Our current system, widely known as ObamaCare, is an individual mandate system. The individual mandate system has historically been proposed by republicans, most notably Bob Dole and Mitt Romney, as a combat to the single-payer system. Single payer health care has been implemented by the majority of developed nations throughout the world. Despite being the world's largest economy, the United States healthcare system is ranked 37th by the worlds health organization (2), as it directly causes an estimated (by Reuters) 26,000 annual deaths as a result of lack of coverage (3). Given the context, I am inclined to support the idea of a complete reform to our current system, and pursuing a single-payer system in the US.
Mandatory retirement is perhaps a necessary evil; as older employees are forced out of the work force, it creates space for new, younger employees. Mandatory retirement is a form of age discrimination, it forces a person to retire because they are a certain age; it does not take into account if that person wants to retire. It also does not take into account the financial standing of the individual, or if they are physically or mentally still capable of doing the job.