AGE 422 Chapter 18.docx - Public Health and Aging AGE 422 Chapter 18 Resource Allocation in an Aging US Society 1 American Political Ideology and the

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Public Health and Aging AGE 422 Chapter 18: Resource Allocation in an Aging US Society 1. American Political Ideology and the Risk of the Old-Age Welfare State Classical Liberalism o Louis Hartz stated that the US political ideais, institutions, and behavior reflect a unanimous acceptance of John Locke’s tenets Locke’s ideas were harmonious with laissez-faire economics The individual is seen as more important than the collective Through a limited state the wealth the person accumulates through the market is to be protected o This context helps explain why the US didn’t establish social security program until the 30s- especially way after many Western European nations already had it part of public policy The Rise of Collective Concern: Compassionate Ageism o With the social security system put in place, this brought up compassionate ageism o This view was accepted by many even though many older adults didn’t fit this stereotype o During the 60s and 70s many old-age government benefit programs were implemented as well as laws against age discrimination on the basis of old age Many of these problems or issues that affected older adults were seen as a governmental responsibility to some extent o The Older Americans Act was legislated to provide a network for nutritional, legal, transportation, and other services for older adults o
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