Economic survival can be a daily challenge for the disabled, seniors, and people in poverty. For example disabled individuals may not be able to afford the proper medical assistance they need without welfare. Senior and low income people depend on government assistance to survive. Without welfare, there would be a vast increase in poverty, causing a ripple effect on the economy. As a result, the economy would drastically decline, because people would not spend as much money on their wants or needs. If all forms of government welfare were abolished, it would be as if the disabled individuals, senior citizens, and people in poverty were completely neglected by the United States. The first group of people who would be affected without having welfare is the disable people. Many disabled people receive welfare because they cannot work, simply due to their conditions. Therefore, they need financial support from the government to live and to take care of their medical needs. “Some people also include food stamp benefits and Medicaid benefits (medical aid to poor and disabled people) when they think of welfare.”(Welfare). Many Americans understand and support the idea of providing government assistance to people who cannot work due to a disability or injury. The system is like social insurance. American taxpayers take care of those who cannot work. The understanding is that the benefit would be available to each one of us if we became disabled. Another vulnerable segment of society is senior citizens. Senior citizens are finding themselves in a position they never expected to be in at retirement age: still working or in need of a job. More than three out of five U.S. workers in their 50s and 60s plan on working past 65 and 47% of that group say they’ll do so because they’ll need the money or health benefits. But in this tight labor market, working into your golden years is not easy. Some older workers may have to take illness or physical limitations into account. Many senior citizens are not capable taking care of their health, so abolishing welfare programs would have a drastic effect on their physical and mental health. In addition to the disable and seniors citizens, a vast segment of poor people depend on welfare. Welfare is a safety net to provide a minimum level of assistance for low income or others in poverty. Those in poverty may include homeless people, poor children or even ordinary people who have lost their jobs. Since the Great depression, homeless people have become a major growing problem in every country. For the first time since the poverty figures have been recorded, a higher portion of children are poor than any other age member groups. Our country is in really bad economy right now. This means that a lot of people are in need of a jobs and it can get really difficult to find one. Some of those people that are out of jobs have kids that they have to support to. “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF” is a program that “provides minimal subsidies to parents and children for up to five years in a person’s lifetime. The actual amount of time that a family can stay on welfare may be far less, depending on each state’s policies.”(Welfare). Welfare does not only help those parents it also helps the kids. We need to look at the past, present and future of the American welfare state. It has changed over the years and all we need is a new reformation. United States Constitution states in the preamble, that one’s aim is to “promote general welfare”. Government assumes the role of providing for an individual’s life. Many people take this as a “social contract” but America obligates government to provide for the well-being of its citizens. When making a decision do you think about how your decision is going to affect you or also everyone else? It is the same with welfare. Abolishing welfare would put disable individuals, senior citizens and people in poverty people in jeopardy.
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