0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

The Public and the Welfare Reform Debate

Robert J. Blendon, ScD; Drew E. Altman, PhD; John Benson, MA; Mollyann Brodie, PhD; Matt James; Gerry Chervinsky
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(10):1065-1069. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170230019002.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Objective:  To identify the core beliefs and policy preferences of the American public toward changing the welfare system and providing support for low-income families.

Design:  Results are presented from 19 telephone and in-person surveys of adults nationwide between 1937 and February 1995.

Setting:  At-home interviews with adults.

Participants:  Seventeen surveys; each survey involved 1000 to 2000 adults nationwide.

Interventions:  None.

Measurements and Main Results:  The results showed that the public supports strong welfare reform measures (eg, time limits and work requirements), but it is reluctant simply to cut off welfare benefits to people and leave them without some means of basic support. The surveys identified five underlying beliefs that shape the public's policy preferences: (1) welfare causes more harm than good because it discourages work and causes families to break up; (2) welfare should be a temporary transition to work, not a long-term subsidy for low-income families; (3) the country spends too much on welfare programs; (4) lack of economic opportunity as well as personal responsibility is the reason people need welfare; and (5) both government and people themselves have a shared responsibility for ensuring that people have a minimum standard of living.

Conclusions:  The outcome of the welfare reform debate will have a substantial impact on the 21% of the nation's children who now live in poverty. The jury is still out on what the public will support in the welfare reform debate. The Medicaid program is caught in the middle of the welfare reform debate, and its ultimate fate may rely on state rather than federal decision making.(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149:1065-1069)

Topics

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Submit a Comment

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();