Essay on Welfare Reform

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Welfare is the “organized efforts on the part of the public or private organizations to benefit the poor, or simply public assistance (Mount).” In today’s society, there are many programs available for people in need, but there are an abundance of people who are participating in these programs who view them as necessities instead of privileges and abuse them. Government assistance programs are not a new idea. In the past, government programs have been used to help alleviate the financial and economical strain on citizens; however, if federal and state governments were to enforce new or revised regulations to these programs it could help to combat the growing problems plaguing the programs that are the framework of the welfare system. …show more content…
This program has resulted in longer pregnancies, fewer premature births, lower incidences of low birth weight in infants, fewer infant deaths, a greater likelihood of receiving prenatal care, and savings in healthcare cost (Department for Public Health). In the years 1981-1987, there was an astronomical spike in the number of families participating in the AFDC program (Whitman). The number of recipients jumped from 3.9 million to 11 million (Whitman). In Whitman’s article it states that long-term recipients were responsible for using around sixty percent of the allotted money, and that these families were teaching their children bad work ethic (Whitman). In 1995 the 1993 statistics were published, which showed that the amount of families taking advantage of the AFDC program had escalated to thirty-six million (“Statistical Brief”). Out of the thirty-six million, forty-eight percent were mothers who had never been married, twenty-three percent were widowed or divorced, seventeen percent were married with absent husbands, and thirteen percent were married with husbands present (“Statistical Brief”). In 1996 President Bill Clinton supported the welfare reform law which made states hold the responsibility for the programs rather than the federal government (“How Welfare Began in the United States”). One

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