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Poverty and Social Welfare: An Agenda for Change

Jack A. Meyer and Marion Ein Lewin
Inquiry
Vol. 23, No. 2 (Summer 1986), pp. 122-133
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29771778
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Actions to reduce the federal deficit in recent years threaten to strand the economically and socially disadvantaged while maintaining generous subsidy programs for populations with little or no financial need. This situation has been brought about in large part because of government's inherent reluctance to scale down programs that are politically popular even if no longer affordable or, in the long run, appropriate. The authors suggest that realistic and responsible social welfare policy reform requires that no sector of the federal budget be exempt from review or change. In the area of health, the importance of reshaping programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and disaggregating trends to focus more on populations with legitimate unmet needs is underscored. The authors make a number of suggestions on how existing social welfare programs can be better targeted.

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