Social programs in the United States
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The Social Security Administration, created in 1935, was the first major federal welfare agency and continues to be the most prominent.
Social programs in the United States are welfare subsidies designed to aid the needs of the U.S. population. Proposals for federal programs began with Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism and expanded with Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, John F. Kennedy's New Frontier, and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.
The programs vary in eligibility requirements and are provided by various organizations on a federal, state, local and private level. They help to provide food, shelter, education, healthcare and money to U.S. citizens through primary and secondary education, subsidies of college education, unemployment disability insurance, subsidies for eligible low-wage workers, subsidies for housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, pensions for eligible persons and health insurance programs that cover public employees. The Social Security system is the largest and most prominent social aid program. Medicare is another prominent program.
As of 2011, the public social spending-to-GDP ratio in the United States was below the OECD average.
1.1 Households Characteristics
1.2 Drug Testing for applicants
2.1 New Deal (1930s)
2.2 War on Poverty and Great Society programs (1960s)
2.3 Welfare reform (1990s)
3 Types of social programs
3.1 Household's Average Taxes and Income
3.2 Means tested Social Programs
3.3 Social security
3.4 General welfare
3.5 Healthcare spending
3.6 Education spending
3.7 Food assistance
3.8 Public housing
4 See also
6 Further reading
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