Postwar Expansion of Social Security System
The social security system is at present under reexamination by committees of Congress—on the basis of its first ten years of operation—to determine what improvements can be made and what new protections can be added for the postwar period. In successive annual reports the Social Security Board has recommended wide extensions of the unemployment insurance and old-age security programs set up in 1935, and the provision of new forms of social insurance.
More than 100 bills have been offered in the present Congress to increase present benefit rates, to extend the coverage of the system to additional classes of workers, to authorize insurance against additional classes of risks. Three factors combine to create an atmosphere generally favorable to liberalization of ...