Social Security

Andrew Stein
Legislation and social policy issues and action
Professor Jeane Anastas
March 4th, 2013

The debate over Social Security reform is an important social issue and any changes made to the program can potentially effect the lives of every American.   Currently 55.6 million people receive Social Security benefits each month.   One in every four families receives income from Social Security.   About one in three get almost all, ninety percent or more, of their income from Social Security (Larson, 2013).   As future social workers it is imperative that we stay current on proposed changes to social programs.   Being knowledgeable on this issue will help social workers aid the populations they serve in navigating this social program.   This is especially true for those that will be providing services to senior citizens who are sixty-five years and older, which ninety percent of them receive Social Security benefits (Larson, 2013).   This paper will discuss the issue of Social Security reform by providing proposed changes, presenting misconceptions about the program and providing opposing positions. This paper will also present an overview of proposed changes to help stabilize the program’s financial integrity.  
Before we begin our discussion on the present debate a brief historical overview of the Social Security program is needed to provide a framework for our current understanding of proposed reform.   The Old Age, Survivors, Disability and Health Insurance (OASDHI), commonly known as the Social Security Act is a federal program that Former President Roosevelt signed into commission on August 14th, 1935 (Legislative history: Social, 2012).   Social Security is the largest social insurance program in the United Sates that provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for workers and their families. This program protects individuals and families against the risk of lost income regardless of current income and socioeconomic status.  
The program...