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SOC 331 WEEK 3 DB2 - On June 8 1934 President Franklin D...

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On June 8, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a message to the Congress, announced his intention to provide a program for Social Security. In August of 1935, a new act created a “social insurance program designed to pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing income after retirement” which is known as the Social Security Act ().Social Security taxes and benefit payments began in January 1937. Initially the government paid retirement benefits only to a family's primary worker, but in 1939 it added survivor's benefits and benefits for the retiree's spouse and children. Disability benefits began in 1956, and in 1965 Congress signed Medicare into law. One main issue that was highlighted relates to so many people have kids after the World War II (Dolgoff & Feldstein, 2009, pg. 199). In the beginning, most women and minorities were excluded from the benefits of Social Security. Job categories that were not covered by the act included workers in agricultural labor, domestic service, government employees, and many teachers, nurses, hospital employees, librarians, and social workers. The act also denied coverage to
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