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Treatment of the Non-Working Poor and Low-Wage Earners

Do you think we are still operating under the same premise of the U.S. nonworking poor not being treated better than the lowest-wage earners? Why or Why not? What are the benefits and detriments of the current system in the U.S.?

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Non-working Poor vs. Low-wage Earners

The American Social Security System was put in place for the purpose of protecting those most at risk in society - the unemployed, the needy, the elderly, and the poor. American Social Security is funded by payroll taxes through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or FICA. The American Social Security Program is the largest in the world but not necessarily the most comprehensive since health care is not universal. Even then, it is 37% of the government's total annual expenditure side by side with Medicare. By virtue of Social Security, 40% of Americans 65 or older are kept out of poverty.

Now, since access to healthcare is tied to employment, those living in the fringes can only look towards government aid to access them. The non-working poor members of society - those who are in poverty for a prolonged ...

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The solution is a 677-word discussion of the current applied standard in relation to the premise of the American non-working poor's treatment vis-a-vis low-wage earners by the current social welfare and employment system. Opinions are provided in relation to the matter including a discussion of the benefits and detriments of the current system in place in the US. References are listed for expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.