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Just Say No... Welfare

Alan Kwasman, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(10):1177-1178. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170230131025.
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I read the editorial by Joffe1 in the March issue of Archives. If, as Joffe states, it is time for the Archives to join in the political fray of the times, then more power to the Archives. If we can expand our horizons toward more political and, I suspect, more psychosocial studies in this journal, then I am all for it.

Unfortunately, Joffe1 tends to denigrate those proposing solutions. Many problems of children are not being helped by welfare. I believe that welfare policy has induced teenagers to get pregnant. I would like to propose that no one under the age of 17 years have custody of a child.

However, my opinion is neither here nor there. The question is whether welfare is a good thing or a bad thing. Has welfare produced more child abuse than it has relieved? Has it relieved more suffering than it has


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