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Social Security is arguably the most successful social program in American history. It, along with Medicare and Worker's Compensation, is the foundation of economic and health security for the elderly, people with disabilities, women, minorities and, indeed, all American wage earners and families. By spreading financial risk over a large pool of people, these programs - collectively known as social insurance -- offer all of us protection against life's difficulties.
Despite widespread reliance on these programs, many business and political interests have engaged in a concerted, decades-long campaign to undermine confidence in them. Today, a large proportion of America's young people are convinced that Social Security will not be there for them when they retire. As a result, younger Americans are more likely to see "radical changes" as necessary reforms. In addition, institutionalized ageism makes teaching about issues such as Social Security and Medicare problematic since young people feel distanced from older adults and their concerns.
As attacks on social programs have increased over the last two decades - and as current efforts to establish some kind of universal health insurance are hotly debated -- teachers in higher education have struggled for compelling resources to prepare their students to understand, influence and engage in an informed debate about social policy.
Social Insurance, Social Justice, and Social Changeoffers such a resource. Featuring the voices of esteemed scholars from a wide cross-section of disciplines cluding gerontology, public health, social work, sociology, political science, and more, this comprehensive volume reviews the history of social programs and provides a framework for understanding current policy debates. Throughout, it explores social insurance programs and their relation to social inequality and social justice. "[W]e must tell the story of how social insurance programs have assured basic economic and health security for millions of Americans .This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about these goals."
-From the Foreword by Barbara Kennelly
President and CEO,
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

This politically charged, provocative text serves as an introduction to social insurance programs, examining all aspects of these hotly debated policies. The editors cover cutting-edge topics, including Social Security and privatization, universal health insurance, and how America's changing demographics will impact social security in the years to come.

Five key sections cover the critical topics:

Social Insurance: History, Politics, and Prospects examines the foundational social insurance principles upon which Social Security, Medicare, and other programs are based

What's at Stake identifies the risks posed to women, minorities, and the elderly if they could no longer depend on social insurance programs

The Ongoing Debates on Social Insurance discusses public opinions of social insurance programs, and responds to arguments supporting privatization

Critical Perspectives on Social Insurance Reform presents international experiences and policy trends, and analyzes reform movements from a social justice perspective

Teaching Social Insurance: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice presents pedagogical strategies to help students understand, influence, and engage in an informed debate about social policy
"[W]e must tell the story of how social insurance programs have assured basic economic and health security for millions of Americans .This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about these goals."
-From the Foreword by Barbara Kennelly
President and CEO,
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

This politically charged, provocative text serves as an introduction to social insurance programs, examining all aspects of these hotly debated policies. The editors cover cutting-edge topics, including Social Security and privatization, universal health insurance, and how America's changing demographics will impact social security in the years to come.

Five key sections cover the critical topics:

Social Insurance: History, Politics, and Prospects examines the foundational social insurance principles upon which Social Security, Medicare, and other programs are based

What's at Stake identifies the risks posed to women, minorities, and the elderly if they could no longer depend on social insurance programs

The Ongoing Debates on Social Insurance discusses public opinions of social insurance programs, and responds to arguments supporting privatization

Critical Perspectives on Social Insurance Reform presents international experiences and policy trends, and analyzes reform movements from a social justice perspective

Teaching Social Insurance: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice presents pedagogical strategies to help students understand, influence, and engage in an informed debate about social policy
Dedication
Foreword - Barbara Kennelly
Acknowledgements
About the Contributors
Introduction: We're All In This Together


Section I. Social Insurance: History, Politics, and Prospects
Chapter 1: The Nine Guiding Principles of Social Security
Chapter 2: Social Insurance and the Right to Assistance br>
Chapter 3: Procession of the Generations: Are we Still Traveling Together?
Chapter 4: The Little-Known Origins of the Social Security Act: How and Why Corporate Moderates Created Old-Age Insurance br>
Chapter 5: The Future of Social Insurance: Values and Generational Interdependence
Chapter 6: The Medicare Modernization Act: Evolution or Revolution in Social Insurance?

Section II. What's At Stake
chapter 7: One Nation, Interdependent: Exploring the Boundaries of Citizenship in the History of Social Security and Medicare
Chapter 8: Why All Women (and Most Men) Should Support
Universal Rather than Privatized Social Security
Chapter 9: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise? Challenges to Income Security for Elders of Color
Chapter 10: Quality of Life for Communities of Color

Section III. Ongoing Debates on Social Insurance
Chapter 11: Can Threats to Social Insurance in the United States Be Repelled?
Chapter 12: Social Security Privatization: The Institutionalization of an Ideological Movement
Chapter 13: A Normative Approach Approach to Social Security: What Dignity Requires
Chapter 14: Public Opinion and Social Insurance: The American Experience
Chapter 15: Restoring Confidence in Social Security: Our Obligation to Future Generations Moody

Section IV. Critical Perspectives on Social Insurance Reform
Chapter 16: Walker
Chapter 17: Pensions in Crisis: Aging and Inequality in a Global Age
Chapter 18: Federalism, State Taxation of OASDI Benefits, and Economic Well-Being of Older Americans
Chapter 19: Social Justice and Tax Expenditures Street

Section V. Teaching Social Insurance: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice
Chapter 20: Make History Groundbreaking by Teaching Essential History: Putting Social Security in U.S. History Syllabi
Chapter 21: Collaborative Learning and Continuing Education Strategies to Teach about Social Security and Medicare
Chapter 22: Beyond Lectures and Tests: Facilitating Applied and
Interactive Social Insurance Learning Experiences in Gerontology Courses chapter
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