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  •  Partially snark, partially true (2+ / 0-)
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    Indieman, Korinthios

    When Social Security was first enacted, it hardly covered anyone - pretty much left out blacks, women, blue collar workers, farmers, health care workers and so on. It got watered down in committee by conservative Democrats. Progressive groups threw a fit. Minority groups were angry.

    Sound familiar?

    However, year after year, it expanded and grew and became the system we all know and love today. It certainly didn't spring out the New Deal fully formed - it was incremental progress. Ditto for Medicare.

    The basic point is that the Senate bill, as less than ideal as it is, is an even bigger step forward than the original SSI bill was. It's a first step forward that'll make subsequent steps in later years significantly easier because it sets the incredible precedent that it's in the government's interest to ensure access to health care for all Americans.

    Too many progressives have lost historical perspective in their intense desire to punish the other side.

    •  Not exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      When Social Security was first enacted, it hardly covered anyone - pretty much left out blacks, women, blue collar workers, farmers, health care workers and so on.

      Government employees and railroad employees were left out of Social Security as first enacted because they were already covered by retirement plans that were better than Social Security was at the time.  

      Self-employed people, domestic employees and agricultural employees were left out IMHO partly because the paperwork to get the taxes collected from them would have been a pain in the rump.  Even today a lot of household and farm workers don't have their taxes properly collected; compliance would have been an even bigger problem in 1937.  Don't forget income tax withholding didn't exist then.  

      Women employees, blue collar workers and health care employees were NOT exempt from Social Security as originally created; neither were non-farm, non-domestic black workers.   In fact blue collar workers were intended to be the main population to benefit from the program.  

      You are absolutely right about Social Security expanding; many more groups of workers and types of benefits have been added, especially in it's first 20 years.  Too many Republicans still hate it, though.

      Renewable energy brings national security.

      by Calamity Jean on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 11:16:39 AM PST

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